On January 27, in Sania Mirza’s final Grand Slam match before retiring, the Brazilian team of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos defeated her and Rohan Bopanna 7-6 (2), 6-2 to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title.
Sania will retire in February after competing in Dubai. She has six Grand Slam doubles titles, including the Australian Open in 2009, and three in mixed doubles.
The Brazilian team led 3-0 in the tiebreaker before Mirza and Bopanna battled back to tie the score at 3-2, but it would be their final point. They missed two straight overheads, including Mirza’s attempt at the net on set point.
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna reached the Australian Open mixed doubles final on January 24, giving her a chance to win her seventh major title. The unseeded Indian pair defeated third seeds Desirae Krawczyk and Neal Skupski 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 10-6 in an hour and 52 minutes in the quarterfinal.
“I’m not a cryer, but I’m almost there right now; I’ve been coming here for 18 years and I’ve felt the love. It feels like home to me because I have family here, I eat at home, and there are so many Indians who support me “Sania previously stated.
Sania has six Grand Slam titles, three of which she shared with India’s Mahesh Bhupathi in mixed doubles (2009 Australian Open, 2012 French Open)
Sania has six Grand Slam titles, three of which she won in mixed doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi of India (2009 Australian Open, 2012 French Open) and Bruno Soares of Brazil (2014 US Open).
Tennis legend Martina Hingis partnered with her to win three women’s doubles championships (2015 Wimbledon, 2015 US Open, and 2016 Australian Open).