Friday, July 29, 2016

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza fall short at Rogers Cup once more

World No.1 duo of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis exited the Rogers Cup on Saturday after losing to the unseeded American duo of Christina McHale and Asia Muhammad in the quarter-final in Montreal. The Indo-Swiss pair lost the match 4-6, 3-6 in 70 minutes to exit the tournament.

After crashing out in the quarter-final of the Wimbledon earlier this month, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis’ poor run continued as they once again failed to make it into the last four. The top-seeded pair had started the Rogers Cup on a positive note by defeating trans-Atlantic opponents Naomi Broady and Shelby Rogers in the second round yesterday. However, the clash against the unseeded American duo of Christina McHale and Asia Muhammad proved to be a different challenge.

The World No.1 pair, who made it to the semi-final in the last edition, struggled with their serves and committed six double faults in the match. Although they managed to win 67% of the first serve points, they struggled with their second serves and won only 21%.

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis started the match on the worst possible note and surrendered their serve to McHale and Muhammad. The top seeds, then failed to break the serve of their opponents and lost the first set 4-6. The second set was almost a similar story as the first. Instead of the first game, Sania and Hingis lost the third game this time. They had the chance to break McHale and Muhammad six times in the set, but failed to convert any of those break points, before surrendering the last game to lose the set 3-6.

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