Sania Mirza and her Spanish partner Nuria Llagostera Vives entered the second round of Kremlin Cup after a hard-fought victory over Darya Kustova of Belarus and Ukraine’s Olga Savchuk in Moscow on Tuesday.
The third seeded Indo-Spanish pair beat its unseeded opponents 6-3 5-7 10-6 in a battle that lasted an hour and 27 minutes. Sania and Nuria will take on the winner of the match between Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones and Kveta Peschke and Anna-Lena Groenefeld in the second round.
Sania and Nuria wasted as many as eight breakpoint opportunities out of 11,while the Belarusian-Ukrainian duo let go four of the six break chances. There was little to differentiate between the two teams as both committed a number of unforced errors but Sania and Nuria managed to keep their nerves to walk away with the match. The duo which are now playing their third tournament together,reached the final earlier this month at Beijing where they lost to Sanias former partner Elena Vesnina and compatriot Ekaterina Makarova.
Sanam inches closer
Nanjing: Sanam Singh scored an easy straight-set win over China’s De Zhu to move into the final round of the qualifiers of the Asia-Pacific Australian Open wild card play-off tournament on Tuesday. The Indian beat the local player 6-3 6-1 in the third round of the qualifiers after getting a double bye. He will next face another Chinese,16-year-old Zhizhen Zhang,who is ranked 1827 in the final round. A win against him will take him to the main draw,in which three other Indians Yuki Bhambri,Vishnu Vardhan and Sriram Balaji are competing.