Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian mixed doubles partner Gabriela Dabrowski, on Monday, downed Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig to qualify for the semi-finals of the French Open. Seventh seeded Bopanna-Dabrowski beat the second-seeded Sania-Dodig pair 6-3, 6-4 in 52 minutes. The defeat marks the end of Mirza’s campaign at Roland Garros as she also crashed out of the women’s doubles in the opening round with her Kazakh partner Yaroslava Shvedova.
Bopanna and Dabrowski needed one break of serve in both sets that made the difference in the end to the contest that was played on Court 2. Dodig was broken in the very first game and Bopanna/Dabrowski made the most of that advantage to race off and win the opening set.
In the second set, the Croatian was broken once again in the very first attempt and Bopanna/Dabrowski looked on course to a comfortable win before the Canadian Gabriela was broken. The Indo-Croatian pairing held their own to put some pressure on Bopanna who served for the match at 5-4 in the second set.
Bopanna played a tame shot on the backhand – possibly conflicted between going for a thundering backhand or a slice but ended up playing neither effectively. With the score on to 30-30, Bopanna produced two big serves and bring up the win.
In the process, Bopanna/Dabrowski exacted revenge over Mirza/Dodig who had beaten them at the Australian Open. The seventh seeds now face the winner of the mixed doubles encounter between Andreja Klepac/Dominic Inglot and Andrea Hlavackova/Edouard Roger-Vasselin.