India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza won their second mixed doubles Grand Slam title together by defeating their challengers Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland by 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 in the French Open finals on Thursday.
Sania and Bhupathi won the title in three straight sets during the match held at the Court Philippe Chatrier. Bhupathi, one of the most successful and talented sportsman of India turned 38 on the day of the finals and the trophy was a perfect birthday gift for him.
"Now I don't have to think of a gift to give him," Mirza said after their victory, reported nydailynews.com.
Bhupathi is married to Indian actress and former Miss Universe, Lara Dutta. He dedicated the trophy to their four-month-old daughter Saira.
"This one's for her and I'm really happy," he said, after winning his eighth mixed doubles majors title, which comes to winning each mixed doubles title, twice.
This was the third time that Mirza and Bhupathi had reached a Grand Slam final together.
Previously they had won the 2009 Australian Open and were runners-up in 2008 at the same tournament.
According to The Times of India, during a press conference, Bhupathi said, "We play a dangerous kind of tennis. When we're playing well, it's kind of hard to beat us."
"A Grand Slam title has come after a long time. The first one since I have become a father. It will always be special," said Bhupathi reported daijiworld.com.
Following a ranks plummet, Mirza could never play singles for Roland Garros trophy. "Last year I was a runner-up in the women's doubles so I'm delighted to finally get a Roland Garros trophy” she said, reported Reuters.
The seasoned Indian combination won the match by displaying brilliant shots during each serve as well as coming up with lethal returns at the right time against their challengers.