Paris: India’s Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi captured their second mixed doubles Grand Slam title beating Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Santiago Gonzalez 7-6, 6-1 in the French Open final here on Thursday.
The seventh seeds recovered from a dodgy start to get the over the line against the Polish-Mexican duo.It was Sania-Bhupathi’s maiden triumph at the Roland Garros and second major crown after the pair won the Australian Open in 2009.While the victory gave Bhupathi his eighth mixed doubles Grand Slam title, it was the second trophy for his Hyderabadi partner.
Bhupathi, who turned 38 on Thursday, has now won all four Grand Slams twice in the category with first one coming here in 1997 when he partnered Rika Hiraki of Japan. He also has four doubles titles to his name.
“A Grand Slam title has come after a long time. The first one since I have become a father. It will always be special,” said Bhupathi referring to his first Grand Slam win since Melbourne in 2009.