Eyes full. The words stuck in his throat. Sania finally whispered. Indian star Sania Mirza’s emotional farewell at Rod Laver Arena, the Australian Open tennis venue. In the mixed doubles final, they lost to the Brazilian pair of Luisa Stefani–Rafael Matos 6–7, 2–6. The desire to leave with the title in the final Grand Slam tournament did not come true.
Sania said: ‘These are tears of joy. He first appeared at this venue in Melbourne in 2005 aged 18. She returned after losing to Serena Williams in the third round. What other platform is there to end a career like this? So weep with joy.’
‘I didn’t think I could play a Grand Slam tournament in front of my son. Rohan Bopanna is my first mixed doubles partner. I am 14 years old. How many tournaments later? Now I am 36 years old. Rohan 42. It’s a happy farewell to my close friend and best playing partner Rohan’- said Sania after wiping away tears.
In the final, the Indian league could challenge only in the first set. He went to a tiebreak but to no avail. There was no opposition in the second set. Sania has decided to end her professional playing career with the Dubai Masters tournament starting on the 18th of next month. Sania has 91 weeks as the No. 1 doubles player, with 91 Grand Slam doubles titles to her name. Won 43 doubles titles in various tournaments.
Rybakina-Sabalenka today in the women’s final
Novak Djokovic of Serbia will face Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the men’s singles final of the Australian Open tennis tomorrow. Winners can get first place. There is no history of Joko Kalashapo losing at this location.
In the semi-final, he defeated Tommy Paul from America 7-5, 6-1, 6-2. The 35-year-old is aiming for his 10th Australian Open and 22nd Grand Slam. Reaching the finals for the 10th time. Tsitsipas defeated Karan Khachanov of Russia 7–6, 6–4, 7–6, 6–3 in the semi-finals. Tsitsipas has yet to win a Grand Slam title.
Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan will face Arina Sabalanka from Belarus in the women’s singles final today. Twenty-three-year-old Rybakina defeated Belarusian player Victoria Azaranka 7-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals. Zabalenka’s breakthrough was achieved by defeating Polish player Magda Linet 7-6, 6-2. Twenty-four-year-old Zabalenka’s first Grand Slam singles final. He won this double title in 2021.
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