Sania Mirza and Bhupathi Wins French Open Mixed Doubles Title
India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza won the mixed doubles title at the French Open on Thursday, defeating Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 in the final.Bhupathi, one of the most successful men's doubles and mixed doubles players ever, won the title in style on his 38th birthday."Now I don't have to think of a gift to give him," Mirza said after their victory which was broadcast live in India, where the pair, playing as seventh seeds, are national sporting heroes. Bhupathi, who is married to Indian actress and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, dedicated the trophy to their four-month-old daughter Saira, his first child."This one's for her and I'm really happy," he said, after winning his eighth mixed doubles majors crown -- he has now won each mixed title twice.Bhupathi first won the mixed doubles title at Roland Garros in 1997, when he teamed up with Japan's Rika Hiraki to become the first player from India to lift a Grand Slam trophy."We play a dangerous kind of tennis. When we're playing well, it's kind of hard to beat us," Bhupathi told a news conference.
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