Sunday, May 15, 2016

Martina Hingis & Sania Mirza reach 3rd consecutive clay final with win at Italian Open in Rome

Saturday turned out to be a day of mixed fortunes for the Indian players in action at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome as Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis reached the women’s doubles final with a 6-3, 6-4 win while Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea lost their men’s doubles semi-final.

This is the third consecutive claycourt final for Hingis and Mirza this season. They earlier lost in the Stuttgart and the Madrid summit clashes to the French combine of Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia, whose winning run ended in the quarter-finals of Rome this week.

This is also the second straight final at the Italian capital for the Indo-Swiss duo after ending up as the runner-up last year.

Hingis-Mirza survived a break-fest

It wasn’t an easy outing by any means for the top seeds against the unseeded Romanian pair of Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu. Hingis and Mirza combined for a total of six doubles faults and were broken five times.

But they were sharp on their returns which helped them immensely. They broke their opponents seven times for the win in 1 hour 18 minutes.

In Sunday’s final, they will meet familiar rivals Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, whom they famously defeated at the 2015 Wimbledon final in a stunning comeback.

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