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BEIJING, 5 OCT: Sania Mirza won her second title in a row as she lifted the China Open trophy with Cara Black, demolishing the challenge of Vera Dushevina and Arantxa Parra Santonja in straight sets, here today.
The eighth seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair thrashed the Russian-Spanish combo 6-2 6-2 in the summit clash, which lasted one hour and six minutes.
Sania and Cara had won Pan Pacific Open in Toyko last week and the two players have now won nine matches on the trot.
It is fifth title of the season for the Indian ace and 19th overall.
Sania had won the New Haven event with Chinese Zheng before teaming up with Cara. Early in the season, she captured titles in Dubai and Brisbane with American partner Bethanie-Mattek Sands.
After Bethanie-Mattek decided to put all her energy on the singles, Sania has teamed up with four different partners — America’s Liezel Huber, Italy’s Flavia Pennetta, China’s Jie Zheng and now Cara.
Nadal number one
Rafael Nadal will return to number one in the world rankings after his semi-final opponent Tomas Berdych retired injured at the China Open Saturday, capping an astonishing comeback for the 13-time Grand Slam champion.
The Spanish world number two only needed to make the final in Beijing to edge ahead of Novak Djokovic in the new rankings, which will be announced by the ATP on Monday. Nadal, who last topped the rankings in July 2011, has enjoyed a remarkable season, returning from injury to dominate the hardcourt tournaments.
He will overtake defending China Open champion Djokovic at the top, even if the Serb overcomes France’s Richard Gasquet in his semi-final later Saturday and retains the title on Sunday. Nadal told reporters after the match that returning to top spot had capped “a great year, one of the best years of my career without any doubt”.
Paes-Nestor ousted
Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor’s bid to win their second title of the season together failed as they lost the semifinals of the China Open to Italian pair of Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi, here today.
The top-seeded Indo-Canadian pair lost 6-3 5-7 8-10 to the unseeded rivals in one hour and 21 minutes.
Devvarman wins
Somdev Devvarman won his first round in the Shanghai Masters Qualifiers as he edged past local wild card Siyu Liu 6-1 4-6 6-1. He now needs to beat Japanese Tatsuma Ito to make the main draw.