Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi of India clinched the French Open 2012 mixed doubles title steamrolling the Mexican-Polish pair of Santiago Gonzalez and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik in straight sets (7-6, 6-1).
After the win Sania said, “Mahesh Bhupathi is the best doubles player ever and I am is fortunate to play alongside him.”
Mahesh also added, “This is my First Grand Slam title after I became a father, my 4-month old daughter will be watching this and this is for her.”
Mahesh Bhupathi presented himself a good birthday gift as he turned 38 on Thursday. “I don’t need to give gift to my partner (now that we have won),” Sania said jokingly after the match.
It was the Indian pair, which got the first break chance in the very first game, but not only they missed that, Sania dropped her serve in the third game. Sania struggled with both her serve and returns and Bhupathi too was not getting his shot placements right. They were down 1-3 and also squandered two break chances when Klaudia was serving in the eighth game.
But they lifted their game and spirit up, broke Santiago in the 10th game when Bhupathi smashed an overhead volley to draw parity. The set was stretched into a tie-break, where the experienced Indians prevailed.
The second set was no contest as the Indians ran through their rivals. Santiago was broken in the very first game and the Indians were unstoppable after that. Another break of serve off Santiago put the Indians ahead 4-1 and they comfortably sealed the match.