Miami, April 1: India’s tennis star Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova on Saturday registered a comprehensive win and swiftly entered into the finals of the women's doubles at Miami Opens Tennis tournament.
Notably, the Indo-Czech pair defeated fifth-seeded duo of Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan by 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 10-4. The match lasted an hour and a half and it was smooth sailing for the Indo-Czech pair after an early loss of concentration in the first set. However, the first set was hard work for Indo-Czech pair as they failed to win the important points to give the Hingis-Chan duo, fresh off winning the title at Indian Wells, the early advantage.
Later, Sania and Strycova carried their momentum into the super tiebreak, which they dominated to reach another final together. They were quick off the blocks taking a 3-0 lead but Hingis and Chan made it 4-5 to stay in contention. But it was one-way traffic for Sania and Strycova thereafter as they won the next five consecutive points to take the match.
Interestingly, Sania and Barbora will now face the unseeded pair of Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan, who earlier beat fourth seeds Peng Shuai and Andrea Hlaváčková in their semifinal match 7-5, 5-7, 10-7. Importantly, this will be the second final that Sania and Strycova have reached after finishing runners-up at Sydney International tournament, where they were beaten by Tímea Babos and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Earlier, the Indo-Czech pair reached the semi-finals of Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships but later lost to the Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. Mirza and Strycova paired up in August last year after the Indian tennis star parted ways with Swiss player Martina Hingis and they tasted success soon after. They went on to win Cincinnati and Tokyo before reaching the finals at Wuhan and the quarter-finals of the US Open.