Wuhan Open: Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova advance into third round

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Wuhan (China), Sep 28: Indian star Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Barbora Strycova defeated Gabriela Dabrowski and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez over three hard fought sets to enter the third round of the Wuhan Open tennis tournament here on Tuesday (Sep 27).

(Sania Mirza becomes sole World No. 1 in women's doubles)

The Indo-Czech combination defeated their Canadian-Spanish opponents 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 in the second round encounter.

Sania Mirza, right, and doubles partner Barbora Strycova, of the Czech Republic, walk to their bench between games against Nicole Gibbs, of the United States, and Nao Hibino, of Japan, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

Sania paired up with Strycova after splitting from earlier women's doubles partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland.

The duo have produced a series of good performances since then. Their first tournament together was the Cincinnati Open where they defeated Hingis and CoCo Vandeweghe in the final.

They have lost just one match since then, in the US Open where they crashed out of the quarter-finals.

They won their second title last week when they won the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo last week.

The recent run of good results mean that Sania continue to be world number one in the women's doubles rankings with 9,730 points, but only five points separate her from estranged partner Hingis (9,725).


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