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Sania Mirza’s Dream comeback run continues, here’s how

Sania Mirza’s dream comeback continued on Friday as she coasted into the Hobart International Women’s doubles final with Nadiia Kickenok. Mirza and her Ukranian partner Kickenok defeated Slovenian-Czech pair Tamara Zindansek and Marie Bouzkova 7-6 (3), 6-2 in 1 hour 24 minutes at the Hobart International Tennis Centre in Hobart, Australia.

Now, the fifth-seeded Indo-Ukrainian duo is all set to face second-seeded Chinese players Shuai Peng and Shuai Zhang. The Chinese pair won via walkover after Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and Alison Van Uytvanck withdrew due to injury. 

The Hyderabad-born tennis ace and her partner had their work cut down after a hard opening set. But the duo fought and won the first set in tie-breakers.

The second set was a cakewalk for the combinations as Saina and Kichenok broke their opponents in the second, sixth and eighth game to book their place in the final. 

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The Indo-Ukranian pair converted four out of 11 break chances they got; while their opponents converted 2 of the five break chances.

 Sania and Kickenok defeated Georgian-Japan combo of Oksana Kalashnikova and Miyu Kato 2-6, 7-6 (3), 10-3. They followed it with a quarter-final win over USA’s Vania King and Christina McHale 6-2, 4-6, 10-4. 

The ongoing Hobart International marks Sania Mirza’s return into the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Circuit after 2 long years. The 33-year-old was last seen in the China Open back in October 2017. Sania battled injuries before taking a break to give birth to her son Izhaan in April 2018. 

After the Hobart Open, Mirza will represent India in the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group 1 event at the Daulet National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan between 6th and 9th February 2020. 

A former world number 1 in Women’s Doubles, Saina Mirza has won 6 grand slams in her career. In 2013, Mirza announced her retirement from Women’s Singles circuit to focus on doubles. The WTA ranked Mirza as India’s number 1 player in both categories by the WTA for ten years from 2003.

Manan Dharamshi
I usually describe myself with three 'F's, i.e, Food, Football and Films. Born and Brought up in Bangalore since the mid-1990s, I have always had a huge interest in playing football, cricket and watching other sports. People who know me always tell I bleed football. Sports, and Football, in particular, has helped me through hard times and helped me to shape my view on the world. And that is one of the reasons why I want to serve as a Sports Journalist.

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