Indian star&’s fourth final of the season in which she has won two titles
press trust of india
New Haven, 23 August
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza touched another milestone in her career by reaching her 25th doubles final along with new partner Jie Zheng at the WTA New Haven Open, here.
Sania and Jie, seeded third, got the better of Spanish team of Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-3 in the semifinals of the USD 690,000 hard court event, the last tournament before the US Open.
Now they await winner of the other semifinal between the pairs of fourth seeds Liezel Huber/Nuria Llagostera Vives and Anabel Medina Garrigues/ Katrina Srebotnik.
It is Sania’s fourth final of the year and 25th overall, and she emerged victorious in 16 of them.
Sania, the only Indian female to win Grand Slam title, has won two titles so far this season. Both the titles came with American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who now plays only singles.
Jheng is Sania’s fourth partner of the season, having played alongside Liezel Huber, Mattek-Sands, and Flavia Penneta.
Devvarman advances: Somdev Devvarman is one win away from US Open main draw after recording a hard-earned victory over American Robby Ginepri in the second round of the qualifiers, here.
Sixth seed Somdev beat Ginepri 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-2 after a two hours contest.
After winning the first set in tie-break, Somdev had three break opportunities in the second but could convert none. He dropped his serve twice as Ginepri made a comeback.
Somdev did not repeat that mistake in the third set as he cashed in on three of the four chances to move to the third round.
It was second meeting between Somdev and Ginepri and now the head-to-head score is 1-1.
He now faces Briton James Ward and a win will book him a berth in the main draw of the last Grand Slam of the season.
Somdev, ranked 113 and James, ranked 173 have never played against each other.