Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and partner Rohan Bopanna bowed out of the Australian Open 2023 after a straight set loss against the Brazilian pair of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos. The Indian duo finished the Grand Slam as runners-up, losing the game 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 on Friday (January 27) at the Rod Laver Arena.
However, with this loss, the Indian trailblazer Sania Mirza ended her Grand Slam career with a runners-up trophy and six major titles to her name. The 36-year-old bid a tearful goodbye to the world of tennis in her post-match presentation ceremony. The tennis ace also hailed her mixed doubles partner Rohan Bopanna, who was also her first-ever mixed doubles partner.
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“Rohan was my first-ever mixed doubles partner at 14 and we won the nationals," said Mirza.
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The six-time Grand Slam champion who started her Grand Slam career in Melbourne and played her last at the same venue added, “There is no better place for me, or person for me to finish my Grand Slam career.” She also shared a moment of joy with her son in attendance for her final Grand Slam appearance.
“I never thought that I would be able to play in front of my child in a grand Slam final, so it’s truly special to have my four-year-old and my parents here,” Sania Mirza added.