Sania Mirza will partner compatriot Rohan Bopanna in the mixed doubles at the upcoming Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament, according to The New Indian Express. Mirza was due to play the event with American Rajeev Ram, who has since pulled out of the tournament.
This would be the first time that Bopanna and Mirza will be playing doubles since they combined at the Rio Olympics where they finished fourth. Bopanna, who won the Qatar Open doubles title with Wesley Koolhof on Friday in Doha, commented, "I will be playing with Sania at the Australian Open.
She was initially teamed up with Rajeev but he had pulled out. I am obviously excited to be partnering with her, partners from the same countries are a rarity. I am looking forward to it." Speaking about his doubles win in Doha, "It was a different kind of a title win compared to my previous ones.
I had my daughter there watching me for the first time. Even otherwise, I did have a few issues over the last 7-8 months with my knee and shoulder thanks to the years of wear and tear. I am happy to say that I am already feeling much better.
My shoulder is 100% fine and my knees are 50-60% better." He credited the role of Madhan, a Bengaluru-based doctor, in his recovery. In the men's doubles event, Bopanna will partner with Japan's Yasutaka Uchiyama and will play with his regular partner, Denis Shapavalov, from February.