Tennis-Last dance awaits India’s Mirza as she reaches mixed doubles final

MELBOURNE, Jan 25 —Sania Mirza, India’s greatest women’s tennis participant, stayed on keep track of for a fairytale farewell immediately after she attained the combined doubles last at the Australian Open up right now.

Mirza teamed up with Rohan Bopanna for her final Grand Slam in Melbourne, having announced her need to phase away from the sport soon after future month’s Dubai Tennis Championships.

Mirza, who gained the women’s doubles crown at the 2016 Australian Open up, and Bopanna defeated the third seed pairing of Desirae Krawczyk and Neal Skupski 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 10-6 in the semi-finals right now.

For Mirza, there was no adjust of tactic heading into her remaining major, with the 36-12 months-aged focused on competing at her greatest stage.

“I participate in each and every match seeking to earn, whether or not it’s my previous event or my past slam or my initial slam. For me, competitiveness is in my blood,” Mirza, the 1st Indian to get a WTA singles title, advised reporters.

“Every time I move on the courtroom, I want to get no matter of regardless of whether it is likely to be my last slam, irrespective of whether it’s my past period…

“It’s distinctive in lots of means. It is emotional in several methods. The technique to just about every match continues to be the similar, the exact same professionalism, warmup, plan, type of will to win. That does not genuinely modify.”

Mirza will perform in the combined doubles last on Friday, 18 several years immediately after she to start with designed her significant debut at the very same event. — Reuters