Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna advanced to the Australian Open mixed doubles quarterfinals on Monday.
The Indian pair ousted Ariel Behar of Uruguay and Makoto Ninomiya of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (9) in the second round on court seven.
Sania and Bopanna will go head-to-head against Latvian-Spanish pair of Jelena Ostapenko and David Vega Hernandez in the quarterfinal round.
The 36-year-old Sania, who is set to retire from the sport after next month’s Dubai Masters, won the mixed doubles crown in Melbourne with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009. She further went on to win five more Grand Slams, two of which came in mixed doubles.
With Bopanna, she has previously played mixed doubles once at French Open (2011) and twice at Wimbledon (2011, 2021) with the pair’s best result together being a quarterfinal-finish at the All England Club in 2011. They did, however, finish fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Manas Dhamne was forced to retire from his junior boys’ singles second-round match against Zhou Yi, 11th seed from China, at 5-7, 6-3, 2-5.
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