Brazilian pair win Australian Open combined doubles title

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Brazilian pair of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos beat India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna 7-6 (2), 6-2 on Friday to win the Australian Open combined doubles title in Mirza’s final match at a Grand Slam match earlier than she retires.

Mirza, who has gained six Grand Slam doubles championships — three in combined, together with the 2009 Australian Open — will retire subsequent month after a match in Dubai.

The Brazilian pair took a 3-0 lead within the tiebreaker and Mirza and Bopanna fought again to 3-2, however that was to be the final factors the Indian duo took. They missed two overheads in a row, together with Mirza’s shot into the web on set level.

Stefani and Matos broke Mirza’s serve within the fourth recreation of the second set to go up 3-1, with the break level coming after a prolonged change between the groups.

Stefani and Matos are undefeated as a staff, having gained all seven matches collectively on the United Cup and at Melbourne Park.


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