India’s Sania Mirza deems Australian Open doubles results ‘good start to the year’

The 27 year old fell in the mixed doubles final and reached the women's doubles quarter-finals at the Australian Open.

Sania Mirza and Romanian partner Horia Tecau lost the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open. William West / AFP
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India’s Sania Mirza said she’ll try for more Grand Slam mixed doubles titles with Romanian Horia Tecau after the pair missed out in the Australian Open final on Sunday.

Mirza, 27, said she had made a great start to the year despite the loss to Canadian-French pair Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic, who won 6-3, 6-2.

Mirza also reached the women’s doubles quarter-finals with partner Cara Black, where they went out in three sets to eventual champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy.

“It’s a good start to the year, I can’t complain. Tough loss in the (women’s) doubles and we lost to the eventual champions, which was Errani-Vinci, and then losing obviously in the final here,” she said.

“I’ve had a decent week and we had a really good week in mixed and we’re looking forward to the rest of the year. It’s a good start to the year.”

Mirza ruled out a return to the singles circuit, saying her “body is broken”.

She has won two major mixed doubles titles with Mahesh Bhupathi, the 2009 Australian Open and the French Open in 2012.