Sania Mirza, Christina McHale enter quarters at Cleveland WTA event

The Indo-American pair beat Georgia’s Oksana Kalashnikova and Romanian Andreea Mitu 6-3, 6-2 to make the last-eight stage.

By Naveen Peter
Picture by Mark Metcalfe/ Getty Images

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza began her Cleveland Championships WTA women’s doubles event with a comfortable win in the opening round on Sunday night.

Partnering Christina McHale of the USA, the Indian beat Georgia’s Oksana Kalashnikova and Romanian Andreea Mitu 6-3, 6-2 to move into the quarter-finals of the competition in Ohio, USA.

They will take on the winner between Japan’s Miyu Kato and Sabrina Santamaria of the USA, and the third seeds, Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic and China’s Shuai Zhang for a place in the last four.

Sania Mirza and Christina McHale were on top of their game in the opening round. The Kalashnikova and Mitu pair struggled with their serves as eight double faults put them in a tight spot. The Indo-American pair also bossed the second serves, winning 83 per cent of the points on second serve returns. 

Sania Mirza, who competed at the Tokyo Olympics, resumed her regular season with an opening-round exit at the Cincinnati Masters last week.

The Indian, partnering Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, lost to Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-2.