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Zimonjic and Sun claim mixed doubles title

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fifth seeds Sun Tiantian of China and Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic overcame feisty Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza 7-6 6-4 to win their first Australian Open mixed doubles title on Sunday.

It was the second time Zimonjic has won the trophy after combining with Elena Bovina to lift it in 2004. He also won the French Open mixed doubles title with Katarina Srebotnik in 2006. Sun and Zimonjic led 3-1 in the first set before the Indian pair fought back, reeling off three successive games until Mirza, who had her left thigh heavily strapped, lost her serve.

Both pairs held serve to force the tiebreak, with Bhupathi and Mirza jumping out to a 3-0 lead before Sun and Zimonjic dragged themselves back and took it 7-4.

Sun and Zimojnic broke Bhupathi in the first game of the second set and threatened to break Mirza again in the seventh before they held championship points on Bhupathi’s serve in the ninth, which the Indians managed to fight off.

Zimonjic, however, sealed victory in the next game at the second opportunity when a Bhupathi volley sailed wide.

Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Ed Osmond