Sania Mirza handed early exit from Qatar Open

The Indian tennis star and Caroline Garcia got several break points but couldn’t hold their own serve consistently enough to make them count.

By Olympic Channel Writer ·

Wildcards Sania Mirza and Caroline Garcia’s run at the Qatar Open 2020 ended in the first round after succumbing to a 4-6, 5-7 defeat against Cagla Buyukakcay and Laura Siegemund on Monday.

The Indo-French duo began well by breaking their opponents in the very first game of the match.

Buyukakcay and Siegemund had two opportunities to break back in the very next game but Sania Mirza and Caroline Garcia saved both break-points and held serve to seize the early advantage.

The German-Turk duo, however, finished the set strong. They broke back in the eighth game and held serve before breaking Sania Mirza and Caroline Garcia again to take the first set 6-4.

Sania Mirza led India to their first-ever Fed Cup playoffs in March 2020

The second set started just like the first with Mirza-Garcia breaking Buyukakcay and Siegemund in the first game again itself.

Unlike the first set, though, Mirza and Garcia led 3-0 in the second having consolidated the early break by holding their serve before breaking Buyukakcay and Siegemund again in the third game.

Up two breaks at this point, Mirza and Garcia looked on course to win the second set and take things to a super tiebreak although Buyukakcay and Siegemund weren’t going to be willing participants in that.

Instead, the German-Turk paring ended up breaking back twice and winning the next four games to move into a 4-3 lead.

Mirza and Garcia managed to hold their next two service games but failed to do so while trailing 5-6 and serving to stay in the match. They took the game to deuce but couldn’t deny Buyukakcay and Siegemund from winning the set and wrapping up the match in straight sets.

The Qatar Open 2020 was Sania Mirza’s fourth tournament back after returning to the tennis circuit following the birth of her son.

She made a winning return in her first tournament back at the Hobart International and will be looking to play as much as possible ahead of the 2020 Olympics.