Paris - India's
Rohan Bopanna and Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski saved two match points to
claim their first Grand Slam title on Thursday with victory in the
French Open mixed doubles final.
The seventh seeds defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Colombia's Robert Farah 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 in the final.
they did it the hard way, coming back from a set and break down as well
as trailing 9-7 in the super tiebreak where they faced two match
It was a first Slam title for both the 37-year-old Bopanna and his 25-year-old partner from Ontario.
truly special. You know, you always, as an athlete, when you start
playing tennis, you want to win a Grand Slam," said Bopanna.
Bopanna is only the fourth Indian player to win a major title after Sania Mirza, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.
Bopanna said victory was particularly special as it came 20 years after
Bhupathi had teamed with Japan's Rika Hiraki to win the mixed crown in
"It's really, really special, especially for India. I think
mixed doubles was the first slam 20 years ago, you know, when Mahesh
"I'm really happy to be part of those athletes who have
won slams after that. For me, it was always a personal goal to win a
The pair only teamed up at the US Open last year and made the quarter-finals at the Australian Open.
the US Open, I put my name on the looking list, and Rohan texted me. I
think it was the morning of sign-in," recalled Dabrowski.
"Luckily for where my ranking was at the time, and him being 17, of course I said yes immediately."
Mirza was amongst the first to congratulate Bopanna and Dabrowski.
... long time coming !!well done you two #grandslamchampion," tweeted
Mirza, a mixed doubles champion in Paris in 2012.