Sania Mirza enters final of WTA Apia International with Czech partner Barbora Strycova

12 January 2017, 04:56 PM
Sania Mirza - File Photo
Sania Mirza - File Photo

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has a great chance of lifting her second title of the season after reaching the final of the WTA Apia International with Czech partner Barbora Strycova on Thursday.

The top seeds thrashed America's Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova from Kazakhstan 6-1 6-2 in just 51 minutes. Sania and Barbora saved all five breakpoints in the semifinal match and broke the rivals twice in each set.

They will clash for the title with Timea Babos and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

After splitting with Martina Hingis last year in August, it is Sania's sixth final in eight tournaments. She won the Cincinnati and Tokyo events with Strycova and the New Haven tournament with Monica Niculescu.

It's only at the US Open (Quarterfinals) and Beijing (2nd round) events that she made an early exit. Last week, Sania had won the season-opener Brisbane event with Bethanie Mattek-Sands but ironically lost her world number one rank to the American, who jumped five places to dislodge the Indian from the top spot.

First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2017 04:43 PM
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