Sania-Bhupathi sail into French Open final (Lead)

June 6th, 2012 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, June 6 (IANS) India’s Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi outplayed Galina Voskoboeva and Danielle Bracciali 6-4, 6-2 to enter the mixed doubles final at the French Open tennis tournament here Wednesday.

The seventh seeds beat the Kazakh-Italian pair of Voskoboeva and Bracciali in a battle that lasted under 70 minutes.

Sania-Bhupathi face either compatriot Leander Paes and Russia’s Elena Vesnina or Poland’s Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Mexican Santiago Gonzalez, who battle it out in the second semi-final to be held later in the day.

Sania-Bhupathi got on the board breaking their opponents’ serve in the very first game of the match. Bhupathi struggled with his serve early on as Voskoboeva-Bracciali immediately broke back for 1-1.

The Indians lifted their level of play as the set progressed, with Bhupathi finding his rhythm. Sania played solid throughout the set, serving well and using her dangerous forehand for desired results. Bhupathi closed out the set with an ace.

The first set lasting 39 minutes saw Indians converting half of their six break points while Voskoboeva and Bracciali cashed in on the two opportunities that came their way.

Sania-Bhupathi showed their class in the second set as Voskoboeva-Bracciali ran out of steam.

Bhupathi’s only mixed doubles title at Roland Garros came in 1997 when he partnered Japan’s Rika Hiraki. Saina is yet to win here in the mixed doubles event. She reached the women’s doubles final in 2011 with Vesnina.

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