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Sania-Dodig pair prevails in clash against Bopanna-Gabriela

 Agencies |  2017-01-25 17:53:32.0  |  Melbourne

Sania-Dodig pair prevails in clash against Bopanna-Gabriela

Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig held their nerves and saved two match points against Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski before pulling off a tense win to seal a place in the mixed doubles semi-finals of the Australian Open, here on Wednesday. The second seeded Indo-Croatian team of Sania and Dodig felt the heat in the Super Tie-breaker but kept calm and not only saved two match points but also walked away with a 6-4, 3-6, 12-10 win in the quarter-finals.

Bopanna and Canadian Gabriela were left to rue missed chances in the 67-minute match. With this defeat, Bopanna's campaign has ended at the first Grand Slam of the season. He had lost in the men's doubles second round with new partner Pablo Cuevas. Sania had also lost in the women's doubles pre-quarterfinals with Barbora Strycova but is still alive for her overall seventh and fourth mixed doubles Grand Slam title. She could face Leander Paes and Martina Hingis, who will play their quarter-final against local favourites Samantha Stosur and Sam Groth.

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