Sania Mirza will join forces with Martina Hingis to go for doubles gold.
Live 5 News reports that Mirza and Hingis reached the doubles final at the Miami Open in Miami by beating the team of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. The top-seeded pair will face Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, the same team that Mirza and Hingis beat at the BNP Paribas Open two weeks ago, in Indian Wells, California.
Mirza was asked what she and Hingis would have to do to beat Makarova and Vesnina a second time.
“The same as we did last week!” Mirza said. “We just have to keep focused and fight for every point. I keep saying this – names don’t win you matches, neither does any result. Every day is a different day.”
Mirza said after the match, “Now we know we can definitely beat the best, because they’re champions too. We’re still learning to play with each other, so it’s good to play against a tough team like that.”
Added Hingis, the former no. 1 singles champion who is experiencing a resurgence as a doubles player, “It was a great match. I’d never played this team before, and I know it was a good test for us in our second tournament together – it’s nice to get a tough team like that to play against.”
The Asian Age is reporting that after Miami, the team will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, to participate in the Family Circle Cup, until April 12. After that, Mirza will lead India into the Federation Cup Group 2 tournament from April 14 to 18. It is expected that Mirza will play both doubles and singles matches, even though Mirza retired from singles play in 2013.
“The chances of India making it to the next round will be high if Sania plays the singles match as well. Hopefully she agrees to play. All seven courts are being re-laid with the flexi-pave for the event,” said S. A. Misra, chairman of the All India Tennis Association selection committee.
The India contingent will include captain Mirza, Natasha Palha, Prarthana G. Thombare, and Ankita Raina. The round-robin tournament will take place at the Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad, India.
From 2003 until 2013, Mirza was ranked the no. 1 tennis player, both singles and doubles, for the country of India. She is one of the most influential and highest profile athletes in India. Mirza is the most successful female tennis player for the country of India.
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