Melbourne: Tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi said Sunday’s mixed doubles title in the Australian Open came as a relief to him after the heart-breaking defeat in men’s doubles final.
Bhupathi said he was worried about the possibility of going home empty-handed but the mixed doubles title he won partnering Sania Mirza helped him avoid a double whammy.
“We lost a tough one last night. Obviously we were a bit down. But (we) tried to stay as positive as possible in the final today. Getting through was big,” said Bhupathi after winning his seventh mixed doubles title, second at Melbourne Park after the 2006 triumph partnering Swiss Martina Hingis.
“Both my coach, trainer and obviously Sania, they were trying to keep me as positive as possible. But going home without a title after making two finals just crossed my mind a few too many times today in the match. But it didn’t happen. Happy about that,” added Bhupathi after he and Sania became the first Indian mixed doubles pair to lift a Grand Slam title following their 6-3 6-1 win against the French-Israeli combine of Nathalie Dechy and Andy Ram.
Their win rounded off a brilliant Indian campaign at the season’s first Grand Slam after Yuki Bhambri became the first Indian to clinch the boys’ singles title.
The 34-year-old Bhupathi said he wants to continue playing with Sania in the remaining three Grand Slams as well.