Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau lost 3-6, 2-6 in the Australian Open mixed doubles final against Canada’s Daniel Nestor and France’s Kristina Mladenovic at Melbourne Park on Sunday. Earlier, the Nestor-Mladenovic beat Mirza-Tecau at the Wimbledon quarterfinals where the Canadian-French pair also won. Sania had won two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles when she played with compatriot Mahesh Bhupati. Tecau and Mirza just started playing together this year and played an amazing match in the quarterfinals when they beat the Australian pair of Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden 2-6, 6-3 and 10-2 in a contest that lasted over an hour.
However they met their match here and were completely outplayed in the opening set during which they failed to earn a single break point. They looked a little better in the 2nd set where they managed to hold their serve and also convert the only break point they had. Nine unforced errors, helped them stay afloat for a while but they were just delaying the inevitable as Nestor and Mladenovic won at Melbourne Park.