Queen of Indian tennis, Sania Mirza makes winning return after a maternity break after winning the Hobart International women’s doubles title with partner Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine.
The unseeded duo beat second seeds Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-4 in the final to win the title in straight sets. More fact to remember, its Mirza’s 42nd doubles title of her career till date. And its fifth title of Nadiia Kichenok’s career and this is the pair’s first title together.
Last time, Sania Mirza won title on Brisbane International event 2017 edition along with her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands .
The Indo-Ukraine pair started their campaign as unseeded duo. Sania Mirza/ Nadiia Kichenok started their campaign after defeating Miyu Kato/ Oksana Kalashnikova 2-6,7-6,10-3. 6Sania Mirza/ Nadiia Kichenok maintains their winning run after defeating Christina McHale/ Vania King 6-4, 4-6,10-4 to reach semifinal.
The unseeded duo scored straight set victory over Tamara Zidanšek/ Marie Bouzková 7-6(3),6-2 to reach final. In the final, Indo-Ukraine starts the match on aggressive note after winning 1st set 6-4. In early part of 2nd set, Indo-Ukraine broke 2nd seed Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai’s serve in 2 occasions and leading 3-0. But 2nd seed Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai cameback into the match after breaking Indo-Ukraine’s serve 2 times.
When score was 4-4 , the Indo-Ukraine team raised its game when it mattered most. Indo-Ukraine team converted break points and was leading 5-4. Then Sania Mirza/ Nadiia Kichenok capitalize the advantage after winning deciding set points. As a result, Sania Mirza/ Nadiia Kichenok scored straight set victory over 2nd seed Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai 6-4,6-4 in the final.
Sania Mirza/ Nadiia Kichenok gets 280 ranking points each for their winning effort. Next stop for Saina Mirza is competing 1st Grand slam of the year “Australian open”. In women’s doubles category, Saina is pairing with same partner Nadiia Kichenok. Indian tennis fans also expecting better results from mixed doubles category.
According to reports, Indian doubles ace Sania Mirza will team up with compatriot Rohan Bopanna to compete in mixed doubles category. So, exciting moments for Indian tennis fans are coming up.