Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Sania Mirza and Leander Paes clash in mixed doubles finals at French Open

Narada Desk | June 3, 2016 1:42 pm Print
Indian tennis stars Sania Mirza and Leander Paes will face- off in a rare mixed doubles finals of the french Open 2016. This comes after both won their respective semi- finals emphatically
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis : Eyeing another glory

Leander Paes and Martina Hingis reached the final of the French Open mixed doubles with a 6-3 3-6 10-7 win over sixth seeds Andrea Hlavackova from Czech Republic and Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin .

And setting a up  a rare final clash with Leander ,  Sania Mirza and her partner Ivan Dodig, the second-seeded Indo-Croatian duo, joined them in the summit clash with a 4-6 6-3 12-10 victory over local favourites Kristina Mladenovic and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the third seeds.

Earlier in the day, both the pairs had to play their quarterfinal matches. While the unseeded Indo-Swiss duo had beaten fifth seeds Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares 6-4 6-3; Sania and Dodig had gotten the better off Yung-Jan Chan and Max Mirnyi 6-1 3-6 10-6.

Paes and Hingis have struck a fine combination , the duo have won three Grand Slams together — the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2015, their first year of partnership.

Moreover , If Paes wins the title at Roland Garros, he will complete a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles, something he’s already achieved in men’s doubles. He had once reached the final here in 2005. So history beckons the Indian tennis legend who is nearing 43.