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Sania-Ivanovic enter doubles second round in Miami

Written by: Staff

Miami, Mar 27 (UNI) Sania Mirza and her Serbian partner Ana Ivanovic sailed into the second round of the Nasdaq-100 Open with a straight set victory over the Italian pair of Tathiana Garbin and Maria Elena Camerin here.

The Indo-Serbian pair recorded a 6-3, 6-4 victory over their rivals to march ahead and will now take on the Czech-Italian pair of Kveta Peschke and Francesca Schiavone.

Sania, out of contention in the singles competition, and Ivanovic took little over one hour to finish off the match against the Italian pair.

The win comes after Sania's shock first round exit from the singles competition where she was knocked out by 16-year-old wild card entrant Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, who beat the Indian ace in a marathon three-set match.

Sania and Ivanovic made a good start against their opponents, breaking them twice in the first set but failed to hold to their own serve allowing Peschke and Schiavone to break them once. However, the Indo-Serbian pair made up for the occasional lapse hitting more winners.

In the second set, the Sania-Ivanovic pair dropped their serve twice but the Italians had run out of steam by then and were broken thrice before Sania and Ivanovic sealed the match in their favour.


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