Sania Mirza & Mahesh Bhupathi Win Australian Open Mixed Doubles
The Indian tennis firmament seems to be shining brighter this year, first with Yuki Bhambri's win at the junior Australian Men's event and now with Sania Mirza-Mahesh Bhupathi winning the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open.
They won the finals against Nathalie Dechy (France) and Andy Ram (Israel) 6-3, 6-1. This was their second consecutive year in the finals, and followed a rather lacklustre year for Ms. Mirza. Their opponents were unseeded, and the match was won handily by the duo. This is the seventh Grand Slam title for Mahesh and the first for Sania. He lost the Men's Doubles finals
The excitement continues at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park with the Men's Finals between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, their first face-off on hard courts, coming on the heels of a tense semi-final match for Nadal against Fernando Verdasco that last over five hours.
The wins of Bhupathi-Mirza and Bhambri will enthuse the sport in India but also bring into scrutiny the negligent attention given to Indian tennis by the Sports Authority and other bodies.
Update: Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in the Men's Finals through a five set 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2. Ths was the fourth consecutive loss for Federer against Nadal and a four and a half hour long match.
At the awards ceremony, where the cup was given away by Rod Laver, Roger Federer could not hold back his tears, leading to Nadal consoling him, and saying, "Roger, sorry for today. I really know how you feel right now. Remember, you're a great champion, you're one of the best in history."