Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza made a triumphant return to court at the Hobart International on Tuesday after a gap of nearly 2 years with an opening-round win in women’s doubles.
Partnering with Ukraine’s Nadiia Kichenok, Sania Mirza overcame Oksana Kalashnikova and Miyu Kato 2-6, 7-6(3),[ 10-3] in the quarter-finals. Sania and Kichenok prevailed in the tiebreak in a match that tested the nerves of all the 4 individuals involved after both pairs had one set each.
The match turned on its head in the 2nd after losing the 1st set comprehensively, as the Indo-Ukrainian pair scraped past their opponents to take the game into the 3rd set. The 3rd set tiebreak, however, proved to be an anti-climax as Mirza and Kichenok prevailed with ease.
At the tournament the former world no.1 Sania Mirza and her partner are currently unseeded. Will face next the American pair of Christina McHale and Vania King. She will beat the fourth Spanish seed Georgina Garcia Perez and Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Owing to injury, Mirza had taken a long break from the sport and then birthed. The 33-year-old last played in October 2017 at China Open, and is currently using a protected ranking. Also next week Sania will be vying for another grand slam title. It sets foot in Melbourne to also contest the Australian Open.
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