Australian Open 2023: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna stormed into the mixed doubles semi-final after their opponents Jelena Ostapenko and David Vega Hernandez handed a walkover on Tuesday, January 24.
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna reached the mixed doubles semi-finals at Australian Open 2023 after their opponents gave a walkover from the quarter-final match on Tuesday, January 24. This is the first time Sania is in the mixed doubles semi-final at Australian Open after the Indian star reached the last-four stage with Ivan Dodig in 2016.
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna’s opponents Jelena Ostapenko and David Vega Hernandez withdrew from their quarter-final match, which was scheduled for the afternoon session at the Margaret Court Arena.
Notably, Ostapenko was involved in the women’s singles quarter-final earlier in the day. The 17th seed lost to 22nd seed Elena Rybakina in straight sets in a disappointing show.
Sania and Bopanna survived a thriller in the Round of 16 against Ariel Behar and Makoto Ninomiya 6-4, 7-6 (9) on Monday in Melbourne.
Sania, who is playing the last Grand Slam tournament of her career, will have an opportunity to add to her 2 Australian Open crowns. Sania and Martina Hingis won the women’s doubles title at Australian Open in 2016. Sania’s maiden Grand Slam crown came at Melbourne Park when she won the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupati in 2009.
Sania Mirza has won as many as 6 Grand Slam doubles titles in a glittering career. The 36-year-old confirmed earlier this year that the Australian Open would be her last Grand Slam tournament as she prepares to hang up her boots after a WTA 1000 tournament in Dubai in February.
Sania partnered with Anna Danilina in the women’s doubles. However, her doubles dream ended as early as the 2nd round after they lost to an unseeded pairing of Anhelina Kalinina and Alison Van Uytvanck in a thrill
Sania Mirza and Anna Danilina, the 8th seeds, lost 4-6, 6-4, 2-6 in 2 hours and a minute on Court 7 at Melbourne Park.