Sania Mirza - Ivan Dodig march into Australian Open final

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India's tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig reached the finals of the Australian Open in the mixed doubles category after thrashing Australian pair Samantha Stosur-Sam Groth.

The Indo-Croatian team had a mild start, when they were seeded second in the tournament.

The opponents of Dodig and Mirza will be American Abigail Spears and Columbian Juan Sebastian Cabal who were better in semi-finals than Ukrainian Elina Svitolina and Australian Chris Guccione with 7-6 (1), 6-2.

Mirza already has six Grand Slam titles under her belt.

Australian Open | Sania Mirza through to Australian Open mixed doubles final
Sania Mirza Enters Australian Open Mixed-Doubles Final

Stosur and Groth had earlier beaten the much fancied but wildcard pairing of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis in the previous round.

In the semifinal, all four players struggled with their serves with as many as seven breaks of serves - five of them coming in the opening set with the men struggling to serve it out.

Groth lost both the points on his serve on the eighth and ninth points while Dodig curtailed unforced errors in nick of time.

Sania Mirza is the only Indian remaining in the contest after Rohan Bopanna, with his partner Gabriela Dabrowski, bowed out to the Indo-Croatian pair in the quarterfinal. Halfway through the first set, Dodig was broken in the sixth game and Mirza/Dodig went 2-4 down. If she wins tomorrow, she will be getting herself a Grand Slam title.

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