Sydney, January 12: India’s tennis star Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova on Wednesday registered a comprehensive win and entered into the semi-finals of Apia International tournament in Sydney.
In the quarter-finals, the top-seeded Indo-Czech pair defeated the Aussie-American pair of Madison Brengle and Arina Rodionova by 6-3, 6-4. The match lasted one hour and four minutes. For a place in the Final, Sania and Barbora will today take on the fourth-placed American-Kazakh team of Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova.
This is Sania-Strycova's first event of the season and the final one before the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year. Notably, the tournament is part of the Australian Open series in preparation for the first Grand Slam of the season which begins on Monday next week.
Earlier in the month, Sania had partnered with Bethanie Mattek-Sands to win the Brisbane International, defeating the Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in straight games. However, Sania had to cede her world no.1 ranking held for 91 weeks since April 13, 2015, to Mattek-Sands.
Meanwhile, in the Auckland Open, Leander Paes, and Andre Sa has entered the last-8 stage. In the pre-quarterfinals, the unseeded Indo-Brazilian team stunned the top-placed pair of Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi, 7-6, 6-3. Paes and Andre will play their quarterfinal today against Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner.