Ivan Dodig in Mixed Couples Final at Australian Open

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig reached the finals of the mixed-doubles category in Australian Open 2017.

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

However, in the second set, the Indian lost her serve twice - fourth and ninth games - and it all boiled down to the Match Tie-breaker. Sania and Dodig will play the victor of the second semifinal between Elina Svitolina-Chris Guccione and Abigail Spears-Juan Sebastian Cabal for the title. Mirza and Dodig, however, won the next three games in a row to take a lead of their own and eventually closed out the first set at 6-4.

Sania-Dodig's experience of playing together helped them win vital points at crucial junctures of the match. With the next four games, they took the first set at 6-4.

On Friday, January 27, this second ranked pair of India and Croatia won the semifinal match in 1 hour 18 minutes by 6-4, 2-6, 10-5. But Groth twice failed finish off the point with overhead smashes, allowing Sania and Dodig to find a way to win the point. It was all Sania and Dodig from there on in as the Australian team continued to commit errors. The Australians, especially Groth was struggling with his first serve and they paid a huge price for that.

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