No.2 seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig won their third match tie-break to knock out the all-Aussie team of Sam Stosur and Sam Groth to reach the Australian Open mixed doubles final.
WTA Staff

MELBOURNE, Australia - No.2 seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig won a third straight match tie-break to dispatch Samantha Stosur and Sam Groth, 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 to reach the Australian Open mixed doubles final.

Stosur, a former doubles No.1, paired with Groth to defeat 2015 champions Martina Hingis and Leander Paes in straight sets to prevent a rematch of last year's French Open final, but acquitted themselves well in the first match on Friday's Rod Laver Arena schedule.

From a set down, they pushed Mirza and Dodig into a match tie-break that could have made them the first all-Australian team to reach the final since Jarmila Wolfe and Matthew Ebden in 2013.

But Mirza and Dodig's combined experience proved too much when it mattered, clinching the win in an hour an 18 minutes.

Standing between them and Mirza's fourth mixed doubles major title - and Dodig's first - will be the winner of the second semifinal between Elina Svitolina and Chris Guccione and Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal.