Australian Open: Mirza-Dodig stumble in final hurdle

Second seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig lost the final of the mixed doubles, at the Australian Open, against Juan Sebastian Cabal and Abigail Spears 6-2, 6-4.

Juan Sebastian Cabal and Abigail Spears celebrate after clinching the mixed double championship.   -  REUTERS

American Abigail Spears and Colombian partner Juan Sebastian Cabal swept to a first Grand Slam mixed doubles title Sunday with a straight-sets victory at the Australian Open.

The unseeded pair beat the more experienced Indian-Croatian duo of Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig 6-2, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena. They took a quick double break in the first set, with the solid Spears serving it out in under 30 minutes.

Mirza and Dodig surged to a 3-0 lead in the second set but they couldn't hold on, with Spears and Cabal clawing back into the match and the Colombian winning it with a smash.

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