Indian tennis players Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna advanced to the semi-finals of Australian Open 2023 The mixed doubles tournament at Melbourne Park on Tuesday after the duo were forfeited in a quarters battle.
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna were scheduled to face Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko and Spain’s David Vega Hernandez in the final eight, but advanced after their opponents decided to withdraw.
In the semi-finals, the Indian-only pair will face the winner of the matchup between American Desirae Krawczyk and British Neal Skupski, who is in third place. Krawczyk and Skupski defeated the American Taylor Townsend and the British Jamie Murray in a quarterly clash.
Previously, Sania and Bopanna defeated Japan’s Makoto Ninomiya and Uruguay’s Ariel Behar in the second round after defeating Jaimee Fourlis and Australia’s Luke Saville in the first match.
Sani Mirza’s last appearance in a Grand Slam semi-final was at last year’s Wimbledon. Indian tennis player and her Croatian mixed doubles partner Mate Pavic lost to eventual champions Desirae Krawczyk and Neal Skupski.
The 2023 Australian Open will be Sani Mirza’s last Grand Slam as the Indian tennis player is set to retire after next month’s WTA tournament in Dubai.
Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna recently featured in last year’s men’s doubles semi-finals with Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop.
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, who reached the semi-finals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games together, are the final Indian competitor at the 2023 Australian Open.
Rohan Bopanna and his men’s doubles partner Matthew Ebden were eliminated from the men’s doubles on Friday, while Sania Mirza’s women’s doubles campaign ended on Sunday.
N Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan of India, who entered the Australian Open as an alternate pair, also made it out of the men’s doubles in the second round.