California, March 15: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova on Tuesday bowed out of the Indian Wells Masters in California. With the defeat of Sania and her partner, India's campaign in the tournament has come to an end.
In the quarter-finals, the fourth-seeded Indo-Czech pair lost to the team of Swiss Martina Hingis and Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei, in straight sets, 4-6, 4-6 in an hour and 20 minutes. Chan and Hingis put in 70% of their first serves and converted 55% points of those. In comparison, Mirza and Strycova put in 62% of their first serves, converting 53% points off them.
Then Chan and Hingis converted seven of the 14 break points they faced on Mirza and Strycova’s serve while saving five of the 10 break points on their serve.Three of the five breaks of serve on Chan and Hingis’ serve came in the first set as did four of the seven breaks of serve on Mirza and Strycova’s serve.
However, the higher ranked team couldn’t consolidate their advantage during decisive moments in the encounter, allowing Chan and Hingis to capitalize on the momentum and make their way further into the draw. Incidentally, while Mirza and Hingis were former partners who were facing off, the duo’s first title as a team too had come at Indian Wells in 2015.
Notably, Chan and Hingis await the winner between top-seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, and Svetlana Kuznetsova and Kristina Mladenovic in the semi-final.
Meanwhile, in the Men's Singles, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have set up a pre-quarterfinal clash, after winning their respective third round matches. Both players had recently met in the Australian Open Final, with Federer getting the better of Nadal in a five-setter to bag his record 18th Grand Slam Men's Singles trophy.
World number two Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori were also among those who entered the Round-of-16. In the Women's Singles, Venus Williams, Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Svetlana Kuznetsova made it to the quarter-finals.