History was made on Thursday.
For the first time, a Canadian woman has been crowned champion at a Grand Slam tennis tournament, as Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski has won the mixed doubles title at the French Open.
Dabrowski along with partner Rohan Bopanna of India defeated Germany’s Anna-Lena Gronefeld and Robert Farah of Colombia in an epic three-set final, needing 22 points to decide the third set in a tiebreaker (2-6, 6-2, 12-10). Not only did they come back after dropping the first set, but they saved two match points in the tiebreaker.
Dabrowski and Bopanna, who were the seventh-ranked team heading into the tournament, advanced to the final without dropping a set.
This is the first Grand Slam title for the 25-year-old Dabrowski as well as her 37-year-old partner. Dabrowski joins Daniel Neston, Sebastien Lareau, and Vasek Pospisil as the only Canadians to ever win a Grand Slam title.