Indian tennis star Sania Mirza moved into the semi-finals of the women’s doubles of the Ostrava Open 2021 in the Czech Republic on Friday.
Partnering with the reigning US Open women’s doubles champion Zhang Shuai of China, the Indo-Chinese duo beat Lidziya Marozava of Belarus and Kazakhastan’s Anna Danilina 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 in their quarter-final. The match lasted one hour and 12 minutes.
The second seeds, Sania Mirza and Zhang Shuai, will take on the Japanese fourth-seeded duo of Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya next for a place in the final.
In a closely contested quarter-final, Sania Mirza and Zhang Shuai had to wait till the eighth game for the only break of the opening set as they raced to a 1-0 lead in just under the 30-minute mark.
The second set was much more erratic as errors crept into the two teams’ games.
Sania Mirza and Zhang Shuai were broken in the third game, but Lidziya Marozava and Anna Danilina failed to capitalise on the lead and surrendered the break in the sixth game.
They, however, hit back soon to break the Indo-Chinese pair in the following game and later consolidated the lead to push the match into a super tie-break.
The decider saw Sania Mirza and Zhang Shuai switch gears and dominate the proceedings before sealing the match on their third match point opportunity.