Melbourne, Jan 15 (UNI) Tennis ace Sania Mirza downed Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan in straight sets to advance to the second round of the Australian Open here today.
21-year-old Sania, who has been seeded 31, beat Tulyaganova 6-4, 6-2 and now will face the winner of the match between Australian Sophie Ferguson and Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.
The girl from Hyderabad, who has been battling injuries and off-court controversies , had a shaky start as she wasted a couple of break points and committed 11 unforced errors in the opening set.
However, Tulyaganova's indifferent form worked to Sania's advantage as she wrested the first set after a 40-minute see-saw battle.
Sania then showed some fine form in the second set, cutting down on her unforced errors besides breaking Tulyaganova twice.
The Indian did not give away a single break point, outplaying Tulyaganova in just 29 minutes to advance to the second round of the season's first Grand Slam.
If Sania is able to get past the second-round hurdle, she will have a possible showdown with eighth seed American Venus Williams.
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