Saturday, August 15, 2015

Martina Hingis & Sania Mirza continue winning reach semis at Rogers Cup in Toronto

Love the latest Tonic outfit Martina is wearing.  Simple colour & design but looks lovely :).

TORONTO, Canada - Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, the top-ranked team in the world, kept cruising at the Rogers Cup on Friday, storming into the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over the Chan sisters.

The Chan sisters, Hao-Ching and Yung-Jan, got off to a great start, winning the first three games of the match, but Hingis and Mirza reeled off 10 of the next 11 games to build a 6-4, 4-0 lead. The teams then went into a holding pattern until the No.1-seeded Swiss-Indian pairing had the straight set victory.

"We've become really solid over the last three months, especially with the win at Wimbledon, and I'm happy how we're playing," Hingis said. "Even when we were down 3-0 in the first set we managed to find a way. We're showing we've really improved and we're playing better with each match."

Mirza was asked about all of the support the duo has been getting throughout the week in Toronto.

"It's always good. We're thankful that we're fan favorites in a lot of places, unless of course we're playing people from that country!" she said. "But we have a lot of fun. The fans like it too - we have a lot of fun together in the matches, and I think they feed off of that. I think we feed off each other.

"Also I made finals here last year so it's really nice to be back in the semifinals again!"

Awaiting them will be No.4 seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik, who beat the all-Romanian duo of Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru, 6-3, 6-2. The head-to-head series is locked at 1-1.

The team that won the other two Grand Slams this year, the No.3 seeds here, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, needed five match points to close out the No.6 seeds, Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta, 6-0, 7-6(6). The first match point came at 5-4 second set, the other four in the tie-break.

Awaiting the American-Czech Australian Open and French Open champions in the semifinals will be the all-WTA Rising Star team of Kristina Mladenovic and Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Canadian wildcards and home favorites Sharon Fichman and Carol Zhao in straight sets in 45 minutes, 6-2, 6-2.

Both semifinals will take place on Semifinal Saturday at the Premier 5-level tournament.

It just seems like there's no stopping these 2.  

They really are a fantastic doubles duo.  Hingis should have hooked up with Mirza sooner :).  

Good luck later today ladies!. 

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