Paris, June 9: India’s tennis star Rohan Bopanna and his Candian partner Gabriela Dabrowski on Thursday claimed their first Grand Slam title on Thursday with victory in the French Open mixed doubles final. Notably, the seventh seed Bopanna and Dabrowski defeated Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Colombia's Robert Farah by 2-6, 6-2, 12-10.
It was hard fought match for Indo-Candian duo as they lost first set by 2-6, But doing a strong come back in second and third round scored points at every interval and broked service several times. Bopanna and Dabrowski broke Groenefeld's serve twice and Farah's serve once in the second set. Groenefeld and Farah won only two of nine points on their second serve.
Bopanna, playing his first mixed final at the age of 37 and second major final overall, was solid on serve and was not broken in the entire match. Notably, Bopanna is only the fourth Indian player to win a major title after Sania Mirza, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.
On the other side, Dabrowski, contesting her maiden Grand Slam final, became the first Canadian woman to win the mixed title at Roland Garros. She was only the second woman from her country after Jill Hetherington in 1995 to make the final. In Men's Singles, Rafael Nadal has reached the semi-finals while Novak Djokovic has been ousted in the quarter-final after losing to Dominic Thiem.
Sports Minister including several others congratulated Rohan Bopanna after winning French Open.