PARIS, France - Former champion Anna-Lena Groenenfeld will look to add another mixed doubles crown to her resume at Roland Garros on Thursday, as she and partner Robert Farah face No.7 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and her partner Rohan Bopanna.
The German, who won the 2014 mixed crown at Roland Garros with alongside Jean-Julien Rojer, advanced to her second Grand Slam final alongside Colombia's Farah with a match tiebreak victory over Casey Dellacqua and Rajeev Ram, 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-5.
The duo finished runner-up to Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen at Wimbledon a year ago.
After defending champions Martina Hingis and Leander Paes were eliminated in the first round, and top seeds Chan Yung-jan and John Peers fell in the first round, the top half was wide open for the unseeded German and Colombian to come through to the final.
After winning the first set against No.5 seed Yaroslava Shvedova and her partner Alexander Peya in the second round, the duo was awarded a retirement, and also rallied from a set down to defeat María José Martínez Sánchez and Marcelo Demoliner in the quarterfinals.
On the other side, Dabrowski will contest her first Grand Slam final of any kind after she and Bopanna defeated No.3 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in Wednesday's semifinal, 7-5, 6-3.
The duo has not dropped a set this fortnight, which also included an upset of the No.2 seeds, Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-4.
A Canadian woman has never won the mixed doubles title in Paris, and Dabrowski is just the second all-time to advance to the final after Jill Hetherington in 1995.
The match is scheduled first up on Court Philippe-Chatrtier tomorrow at 12 pm local time, ahead of the women's singles semifinals.