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India's Bhupathi and Mirza win French Open mixed doubles

  • 8 June 2012
  • From the section India
India's Sania Mirza, left, and Mahesh Bhupathi play Poland's Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Mexico"s Santiago Gonzalez in their mixed doubles final match at the French Open in Paris, Thursday, 7 June, 2012.
It was the third time the pair had reached a Grand Slam final

India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza have won the mixed doubles title at the French Open.

The pair defeating Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland 7-6, 6-1 in the final on Thursday.

The pair, playing as seventh seeds, are sporting heroes in India.

It was the third time they had reached a Grand Slam final. They won the 2009 Australian Open after being runners-up at the same tournament in 2008.

Bhupathi, a successful men's doubles and mixed doubles player, won the title on his 38th birthday.

"We play a dangerous kind of tennis. When we're playing well, it's kind of hard to beat us," he told a news conference.

Mirza, who did not play singles at Roland Garros following a drop in rankings, said: "Every time you enter a tournament you want to win it. That's something that you enter hoping."

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