There’s been no looking back since our Indian-favorite Sania Mirza teamed up with the comeback-queen Martina Hingis, as they’ve painted court after court on the WTA tour with the colors of their shining performances. Top seeds since 2015, the pair is currently smokin’ aces literally and figuratively in the Grass court preparatory tournament for the big W- that is, the WTA Aegon International. The duo just registered another win to make it to the semifinals of the tournament. Here is a summary for their performance in the match, with a quick recap of the tournament:
1. The Win
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis prevailed over the unseeded pair of Hao-Ching Chan and Flavia Pennetta at Eastbourne in a 73 minute grilling quarter final encounter, with a final 4-6 6-3 10-6 on the scoreboard to advance to the semis
Although the top seeds emerged victorious, it was never certain at any point whose favor the match was folding out in. The Indo-Swiss duo faltered in the first set going down 4-6, but made a comeback with a 6-3 finish. The tie-breaker set ended in a tie-breaker too, as the thrilling rally ended in a 10-6 for the relieved victors. Sania and Hingis converted five out of the six breakpoints they got in the match, while their opponents could win just five out of 12 breakpoints.
3. Easy Entry to the Quarters:
Sania-Hingis took on Karolina Pliskova and Michella Krajicek in the first round match, and the encounter which wasn’t as trying on the top seeds as the quarters. Without dropping a set, they won 6-0 6-2 in 45 minutes, as they broke their opponents thrice in the first set.
4. A Step Away:
The duo, one step away from the title and the USD 73000 prize, is to lock horns with Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik in the finals set to take place Saturday, June 27. This could be an interesting tryst, as Srebotnik conquered the Devonshire Park lawns only last year, albeit with a different partner- Nadia Petrova. Petrova opted out of the tournament this year, but Srebotnik is in solid form.
Tennis Doubles Maestro Sania, who created history by becoming the first Indian sportswoman to reach the No. 1 pedestal in an international sport, has rested comfortably on the spot since April 13, 2015. As for Hingis, she’s close on Mirza’s heels at No. 2. The pair together has had some pretty colorful exploits, winning four titles since they teamed up this year, at Rome, Miami, Indian Wells and Family Circle in the United States.
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