Sania Mirza is targeting her second title of the year as well as her second Dubai Tennis Championships title.
It took Sania Mirza and France’s Caroline Garcia a little over half an hour to win the opening set of the match. The Indo-French pairing looked solid in serve and ensured that they didn’t give Kudryavtseva-Srebotnik too many openings or break-point chances to build up an early head of steam.
Sania Mirza and Caroline Garcia, in fact, were taken to deuce just once on their serves in the first set during the third game of the contest. However, they held their own in it and went on to break Alla Kudryavtseva and Katarina Srebotnik in the 10th game of the first set to win it 6-4.
The second set, however, wasn’t as straightforward for the Indian-French duo. Kudryavtseva and Srebotnik broke Mirza-Garcia in the fifth game to take the upper hand in the set.
They then went on to consolidate their serves and win the second set 6-4 to take the match into what proved to be a tight tie-break. The tie-break witnessed Sania Mirza and Caroline Garcia race to a 4-0 lead to apply the pressure on the Russian-Slovenian pair.
Kudryavtseva and Srebotnik did fight back and made things interesting towards the end of the tie-break but they eventually succumbed 10-8 as Sania Mirza and Caroline Garcia progressed to the next round.
The round of 16 will see them play the Chinese-Czech pairing of Zheng Saisai and Barbora Krejcikova on Wednesday.
Indian tennis veteran Sania Mirza has fond memories of winning the 2013 women’s doubles at the Dubai Tennis Championships with her friend and former partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
The Indian tennis ace will be eager to replicate her 2013 run as she eyes her second title of 2020 after winning the Hobart International last month.