Sania Mirza pair fumbles in Australian Open 2017 Mixed Doubles Finals

Australian Open 2017 Mixed Doubles Finals Result : India’s Sania Mirza and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig were shocked in the Australian Open 2017 Mixed Doubles final 2-6 4-6 by Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal, in Melbourne on Sunday.

Had Sania Mirza won the Australian Open 2017 Mixed Doubles, it would have been her seventh Grand Slam victory, but the second-seeded Indo-Croatian pair suffered due to constant unforced errors from Ivan Dodig, who had a bad day with serve and ground strokes.

This is the second time Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig have ended up as runners-up. They lost to Leander Paes and Martina Hingis in the French Open 2016 final.

It may be recalled that Indian tennis icon Sania Mirza won her first ever Grand Slam at the Australian Open. She won the Australian Open Mixed Doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009.

Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig

Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig lose in the Australian Open 2017 Mixed Doubles Final

Australian Open 2017 Mixed Doubles Finals Highlights

Coming back to the Australian Open 2017 Mixed Doubles final, Ivan Dodig had a bad start. He served a double fault at 30-30 and then sent a forehand long, thus conceding a break in the very first game of the match.

Sania Mirza was then broken in the third game. A volley pick up from Sebastian Cabal, which he placed beyond the two, earned the American duo the break point. Abigail Spears then hit a backhand service return winner to take a significant 0-3 lead.

Sania Mirza/Ivan Dodig vs Abigail Spears/Juan Sebastian Cabal

The American duo made it 4-0, before Sania Mirza’s partner Ivan Dodig held the fifth game to ensure that the second seeds had something on the board. At 1-5, Sania Mirza battled but held on.

Having lost the first set 2-6, Ivan Dodig’s serve was again under pressure as he came up against a breakpoint in the first game of the second set, but managed to hang on.

Following a Sebastian Cabal double fault, the second seeded pair managed to take a 2-0 lead after Abigail Spears hit a backhand long. Sania Mirza then held serve to 3-0, But, Sania Mirza’s game was broken in the seventh game as things were even again.

Ivan Dodig then served two double faults, the second one breakpoint, and that gave the game away.

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