• Ahead of US Open: Sania Mirza teams up with Monica Niculescu, wins Connecticut Title

    In the run up to US Open, Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Monica Niculescu boosted their confidence with a doubles title victory at the Connecticut Open on Monday. The duo knocked out Ukraine’s  Kateryna Bondarenko and Chuang Chia-Jung of Taiwan in the final. The game lasted for one hour and 30 minutes and the Indo-Romanian pair won 7-5, 6-4, lifting the trophy.

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    Sania and Niculescu paired up recently, although we did see them play together last in the quarterfinals at the Western and Southern Open in 2010. However, post parting ways with Martina Hingis, Sania coupled up with Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic. They clinched their debut tournament as a team at the Cincinnati Masters last week, and this is the doubles team that will be competing at the US Open as well.

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    Talking about teaming up with Sania in this tournament, Niculescu said, “I asked Sania in Cincinnati. I had an idea maybe she wants to play here. I ask her. When she said yes, I was so excited. It seems we won the tournament, so I’m happy I asked her,” as reported by NDTV. ”We know each other for a long time. Also our games kind of suit each other, so you have that confidence. I think it helped we got a couple first easy matches in terms of the way we played. We kind of found our rhythm almost immediately,” said Sania.

    In the Connecticut Open, Sania and Niculescu first won in straight sets over American wildcards Alison Riske and Louisa Chirico, then they beat Darija Jurak and Anastasia Rodionova in straight sets. After chasing a close fight against the No.3 seeded Andreja Klepac and Katarina Srebotnik, the duo bounced back 2-6, 6-3, 10-8, to make it to the final.

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