Abigail Spears-Jan Sebastian Cabal are the 2017 Australian Open mixed doubles champions after defeating Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig 6-2,6-4 in the final. Sania Mirza has won twice - 2016 women’s doubles with Martina Hingis and 2009 mixed doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi. At Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, Sania Mirza will eye an Australian Open treble. Catch the highlights of Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig vs Abigail Spears-Jan Sebastian Cabal here. (PREVIEW | LIVE STREAMING) ALL TIMINGS BELOW in IST.
11:46 AM: This was the first Grand Slam title for the pair of Abigail Spears and Jan Sebastian Cabal.
11:44 AM: It’s 6-2, 6-4 in favour of Spears/Cabal. Caba becomes only the 2nd Colombian to lift a Grand Slam title
11:38 AM: BROKEN! It’s Dodig who fails to hold on to his serve and Spears/Cabal are now just a game away from lifting the title. It’s 5-4 in their favour in the second set at the Rod Laver Arena
11:34 AM: A backhand volley unforced error from Dodig and Spears manages to hold on to her serve. It’s all tied at 4-4 between the two in the second set.
11:29 AM: BROKEN! Sania fails to hold on to her serve and Cabal/Spears have brought things back to 3-4 in their favour in the second set.
11:27 AM: Sania will serve with the score at 4-2 in the Indo-Croatian pair’s favour.
11:22 AM: Dominant stuff here from the Indo-Croatian pair as they cruise to a 4-1 lead in the second set of the mixed doubles final at the Rod Laver Arena.
11:19 AM: Spears holds on to her serve to bridge the gap to 1-3 in the second set.
11:16 AM: Cabal sends his return wide and Sania holds on to her serve. The Indo-Croatian pair lead 3-0 in the second set.
11:14 AM: BROKEN! Dodig/Sania earns the break and now leads 2-0 in the second set of the mixed doubles final at the Rod Laver Arena.
11:10 AM: Dodig saves a break point with an ace and then holds on to his serve as Cabal commits an unforced error. It’s 1-0 to the Indo-Croatian pair in the second set.
11:07 AM: Good comeback from Spears to rally from 0-30 down to save a break point and then win the decider.
11:05 AM: Spears/Cabal take the first set 6-2 in just 26 minutes.
11:00 AM: A backhand volley winner from Dodig keeps him and Sania alive in the first set. It’s 5-2 in favour of Spears/Cabal at the Rod Laver Arena.
10:56 AM: Sania will have to hold her serve as Spears/Cabal have now taken a 5-1 lead in the first set at the Rod Laver Arena.
10:53 AM: A brilliant forehand smash winner from Dodig as he holds serve. It’s 4-1 in favour of Spears/Cabal in the 1st set of the Australian Open mixed doubles final.
10:51 AM: It’s 4-0 for Spears-Cabal now. The Indo-Croatian pair will have to pull things back soon
10:47 AM: Broken once again! It’s Sania who fails to hold her serve now and the Indo-Croatian pair are down 0-3 in the first set at the Rod Laver Arena.
10:45 AM: Cabal holds serve. A brilliant backhand winner on the net. It’s 2-0 for him and Spears
10:41 AM: BROKEN! Sania/Dodig is broken early on as Dodig fails to hold serve. 1-0 to Cabal/Spears in the first set.
10:38 AM: The mixed doubles final is underway!
10:35 AM: The players are out on the court and we are just moments away from the final!
10:32 AM: Sania Mirza ended up being the runner-up in 2008 with Mahesh Bhupathi and in 2014 with Horia Tecau.
10:25 AM: Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig have played three Super tiebreak matches so far en route to the Australian Open final.
10:06 AM: The last time when Sania Mirza featured in an Australian Open final was in 2016 when she clinched the women’s doubles title with Martina Hingis.
9:43 AM: Here’s a look at the live streaming details for the Australian Open men’s singles final between long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
9:31 AM: This will be the fifth Australian Open final for Sania Mirza, while it will the first appearance for her partner Ivan Dodig.
9:16 AM: Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig defeated the pair of Sam Groth and Samantha Stosur in a hard-fought encounter to reach the Australian Open final.
9:04 AM: Sania Mirza has already won three Grand Slam titles in the mixed doubles category (2009 Australian Open, 2012 French Open, 2014 US Open).
Seeded second, Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig will meet the unseeded American-Colombian duo of Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal. For the statistically minded, this is the second time Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig have made a Grand Slam final as pair.
After joining forces last season, they reached the French Open final before losing to Leander Paes and Martina Hingis in a closely-fought encounter.
If the Indo-Croatian pair triumphs today, Sania will pocket her seventh Grand Slam overall and fourth mixed title.
Sania’s resume already has three mixed titles (2009 Australian Open, 2012 French Open, 2014 US Open) and the equal number in women’s doubles (Wimbledon and US Open 2015, Australian Open 2016).
For Ivan Dodig, it will be his second Major after the 2015 French Open men’s doubles title with Marcelo Melo.