Huge boost for tennis in cricket-obsessed India
MELBOURNE: Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza say their historic Australian Open mixed doubles success on Sunday will give the sport a huge boost back home in cricket-obsessed India.
Bhupathi and Mirza became the first Indian pair to win a Grand Slam mixed doubles title when they crushed Andy Ram of Israel and Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy 6-3, 6-1. It rounded off a successful tournament for India after 16-year-old Yuki Bhambri won the boys'' junior championship on Saturday, while Bhupathi also made the final of the men''s doubles alongside Mark Knowles of the Bahamas.
"You know, it''s great, I don''t remember the last time when we had so many -- I mean, he (Bhupathi) played the finals, we won today, Yuki won. It''s been a great two weeks," Mirza said.