Mirza gets another shot at Australian mixed doubles title

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 27, 2017 03:53 PM
Mirza gets another shot at Australian mixed doubles title
India's Sania Mirza, left, celebrates with Ivan Dodig of Croatia after winning their mixed doubles' semifinal against Australia's Samantha Stosur and Sam Groth at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sania Mirza has a shot at another Australian Open mixed doubles title.

Mirza and Ivan Dodig reached the final after ending the hopes of local pair Sam Groth and Samantha Stosur 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 in Friday's semifinals on Rod Laver Arena.

Mirza won the 2009 Australian Open mixed doubles title with fellow Indian Maheshi Bhupathi. She reached the 2016 French Open final with Dodig, losing to Martina Hingis and Leander Paes.

Groth and Stosur squandered a 4-2 lead, surrendering four successive games to lose the opening set, but the Australian pair rallied strongly to send the match into a deciding tiebreak set.

Second-seeded Mirza and Dodig seized control when Groth's booming serve misfired on a couple of crucial points and the powerful Australian even gave up a critical double-fault.

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