Former Indian Davis Cup captain Ramesh Krishnan on Sunday lauded Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi for winning their maiden Grand Slam title together at the Australian Open, saying their triumph augurs well for Indian tennis.
"Like every Indian I am happy for the excellent win. Mahesh played exceedingly well. He led from the front in their straight set win for the title, particularly getting in as wild cards," Krishnan said referring to the 6-3 6-1 win carved out by the Indians against the French-Israeli combine of Nathalie Dechy and Andy Ram at the Melbourne Park on Sunday.
Krishnan said the triumph would be particularly morale-boosting for Sania, who has been battling injuries and poor form for the past one year.
"Sania's first Grand Slam title coming at the time when she has been troubled by injuries is a heart warming one. It should boost her confidence. Today's great victory should help her to start winning lot many matches in singles as well. Overall, it has been good tiding for Indian tennis particularly for the youngsters," he said.
This year's Australian Open has been fantastic for Indian tennis with Yuki Bhambri becoming the first Indian to clinch the junior singles' title at the Melbourne Park.
Bhupathi, apart from winning the mixed doubles title, finished runners-up in the men's doubles event with Mark Knowles of Bahamas.