Sania Mirza put herself in contention for a seventh Grand Slam title as she breezed into the Australian Open mixed doubles final with Ivan Dodig, beating local favourites Samantha Stosur and Sam Groth in Melbourne on Friday.
Sania has won three mixed doubles titles, the last being the 2014 US Open with Brazilian Bruno Soares.
The second-seeded Indo-Croatian pair won 6-4 2-6 10-5 in the semifinals, that lasted one hour and 18 minutes.
The opening set featured a lot of breaks and the only one to not concede a break of serve was Sania.
With Dodig, she had an opportunity to win last year when she reached the French Open final but lost to compatriot Leander Paes and her then doubles partner Martina Hingis in the summit clash.
However, in the second set, the Indian lost her serve twice — fourth and ninth games — and it all boiled down to the Match Tie-breaker.