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Updated: June 8, 2012 23:22 IST

Bhupathi, Sania target Olympic medal

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Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi hold their cup after defeating Poland's Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Mexico's Santiago Gonzalez in their mixed double final of French Open in Paris on Thursday.
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Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi hold their cup after defeating Poland's Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Mexico's Santiago Gonzalez in their mixed double final of French Open in Paris on Thursday.

Sania Mirza, who won her maiden French Open mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi on Thursday, said an Olympic medal was their next target.

She, however, added that the decision regarding who will play in the Olympics is not in their control.

“The Olympics is something we have all dreamt about as athletes and we want to win a medal there, but a lot of things are not in our control,” said Sania.

Sania said if the same pair was fielded in the London Games, it would try to provide India its second Olympic medal in tennis.

Leander Paes, who is also a strong contender to team up with Sania, had given the country its first Olympic tennis medal, a singles bronze, in the 1996 Atlanta Games.

“If we do get that opportunity, we are going to give whatever we have to get that medal,” said Sania.

Moving on to grass

Mahesh concurred with Sania, saying “for us the train hasn't really stopped. We're off to the grass court season now. She's going to Birmingham; I am going to Queen's Club. It's going to be a long grass court season because the Olympics is on grass as well.

“We're playing well. We're looking forward to playing together and if we get the opportunity to play the Olympics together, hopefully we'll be able to fire like we did this week and contend for a medal,” added Bhupathi.

Special

The Indian tennis star said her second Grand Slam title with Bhupathi was special since it came on her teammate's birthday.

“Every Grand Slam is as special as the other. The first one was very special for its own reasons and this was special as it was on my least favourite surface and came on Mahesh's birthday,” said Sania.

She said that winning the title after a poor start gave her immense satisfaction.

Lara delighted

Actress Lara Dutta was on cloud nine after husband Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania clinched the mixed doubles crown.

The 34-year-old tweeted that she was the “proudest, happiest wife” and that Bhupathi is their daughter Saira's hero.

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Since Sania & Mahesh are an excellent combo to represent India in the mixed doubles at the Olympics, will not be better for Paes to partner Bopanna for India's men's doubles entry? Also Paes being in the top 10
in the doubles ranking qualifies automatically and can choose his partner.

from:  Krish
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 02:50 IST

Heartiest Congratulations to the team! it is really inspiring for a country so obsessed with cricket. We are proud of you, do bring back the olympic gold this year! With a bad start to the tournament, this would indeed be a great boost for Sania, who is preparing for the olympics! All the very best, and do continue in other tournaments!

from:  dhaval
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 23:47 IST

Hearty congratulation to both of you... You made our country proud ! Hats off !

from:  Haja Abu Bucker
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 21:27 IST

It's refreshing to see Indians shinning in a sport other than all monopolizing cricket. Keep it up !

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 21:10 IST

@Imran, "Why we excel in doubles and not in singles?" This is because it takes a lot of stamina, energy, perseverance and mental grit to play singles. You need to lot of control between mind and body while playing single's game, and you are alone on the court all by yourself.

from:  Raju
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 20:40 IST

The rhythm of Mantras never come off........forthcoming Olympics will rewrite India's sports history....come on India come on......we want to be a great power in sports events too...........

from:  Sujithkumar Edava
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 20:34 IST

Congratulations are in order. We are indeed proud of you. All the very best for the Olympics.

from:  Samir Mody
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 20:24 IST

chaap diya...:)

from:  Anil
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 19:58 IST

Hearty congratulations to Sania and Mahesh.

from:  Dr. Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 19:42 IST

Congrats Bhupathi and Sania, you have done us proud.

from:  Gayathri
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 18:52 IST

Congrats Bhupathi and Sania...Really its a prouding moment for INDIA!!!!!!!!!!

from:  Somashekhara Benakal
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 18:06 IST

Outstanding performance both of you. Wish you a grand slam in Single

from:  Nizam
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 17:31 IST

Well done !! Congrats.Good luck for Wimbeldon & Olympic games.

from:  SriHari
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 16:45 IST

hearty congratulations to both of you.we all are proud of you.keep going.best wishes for the next games.

from:  shebin
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 16:05 IST

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sania and Mahesh hope will get Olimpic medal too......

from:  Snehal
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 16:01 IST

Hearty congratulation to both of you... You made our country proud.. best of luck...

from:  Kunal
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 15:53 IST

congradulations both of you

from:  s n Venkataraman
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 15:37 IST

Bharat Mata is proud of both of you,

from:  om malhotra.
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 15:19 IST

Congratulations Mahesh and Sania...We are proud of you.

from:  Arunkumar
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 14:47 IST

Great one...Keep it up !!

from:  Sneha
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 14:39 IST

congrats bhupati and sania

from:  raj
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 14:15 IST

congratulation to both of you MRS.Sania and MR.Mahesh.advance wishes for Olympic chances for India.

from:  narayanan
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 14:07 IST

Congratulation Hesh n Sania!!! We are proud of you. :)

from:  Ravindra J.
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 13:19 IST

Hearty congratulations to the team for bringing such laurels to the country. With Sania Mirza bagging her 2nd Grand Slam, Bhupathi winning his 12th and Leaner Paes taking home 13 of them India should have seen a tennis single legend by now. Why we excel in doubles and not in singles?

from:  Rishabh Agrawal
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 13:09 IST

Good job Mahesh and Sania, you made the country proud.No comments as of now?? oh i forgot its not Cricket.

from:  imran
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 12:57 IST

Well done, Sania and Bhupati you made India proud. Keep your form for Olympic also.

from:  Nakul
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:35 IST

Congrats to the Indian camp.

from:  PrashantP
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:30 IST

Congrats to Sania and Bhupathi for such a Wonderful victory and keep it coming guys. What india needs is such victories to make its presence known in the sporting world.

from:  Arun Abraham
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:14 IST

Many congratulations to Sania and Mahesh... You have made us really proud..

from:  Roeas
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 09:44 IST

You guys rock...thanks for bringing the smiles to millions of your loyal fans back home and abroad....all the best now for the London Games...Chak De:-)

from:  Himanshu Singh
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 09:42 IST

Excellent news ! First Vishy with the the chess championship, then India take the Junior chess trophies for boys and girls and now this in tennis. Hope it continues !!

from:  Abner
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 09:24 IST

Nice Work.Country is proud of these players.

from:  Ritu
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 09:18 IST
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