Indian tennis pro-Sania Mirza sailed into the women’s’ doubles last of the Hobart International with her Ukrainian accomplice Nadiia Kichenok here on Friday.
Sania and Kichenok cruised past the Slovenian-Czech pair of Tamara Zidansek and Marie Bouzkova 7-6 (3) 6-2 in the elimination round challenge that endured one hour and 24 minutes.
The fifth-seeded Indo-Ukrainian blend will bolt horns with second seeds Shuai Peng and Shuai Zhang of China. The Chinese pair got a walkover after Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and Alison Van Uytvanck surrendered the other elimination round match as a result of damage.
While Sania and Kichenok needed to contend energetically in the opening set, the subsequent set was a cakewalk for the blend.
The principal set was an intense challenge between the two sets, bringing the sudden death round into the condition after it was level at 6-6.
In the sudden death round, Sania and Kichenok increased their game by a couple of indents to beat their rivals and lead the pack.
The subsequent set was a no challenge as Saina and Kichenok broke their rivals thrice — in the second, 6th and eighth game — to effectively stash the set and a spot in the summit conflict.
Saina and Kichenok got 11 break risks out of which they changed over four, while their rivals used two out of the five break risks that came to their direction.
The 33-year-old Sania is coming back to the WTA circuit following two years. During her time away from the game, she struggled with damage breakdowns before taking a proper break-in April 2018 to bring forth her child Izhaan. She is hitched to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.
Prior to the continuous occasion, Sania last played at China Open in October 2017.
A pioneer in Indian tennis, Sania is a previous world No.1 in copies and has six Grand Slam titles in her name.
She resigned from the singles rivalry in 2013 subsequent to turning into the best Indian women tennis player.
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Posted by Khel Naya | 17/01/2020