Sania Mirza survived a scare before overcoming home favourite Tamarine Tanasugarn with a hard-fought three-set win at the USD 170,000 WTA Tour tennis event in Pattaya, Thailand, on Wednesday.
The fifth seeded Indian was tested to the full by the blustery conditions and a spirited opponent before coming through a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 win and advance to the quarterfinals.
Serving for the first set at 5-3, Sania committed two double faults to hand back the advantage to Tamarine.
But the 20-year old Hyderabadi lass immediately broke back, sealing the set with a return winner on the local girl's second serve.
In the second set, Tamarine was the dominant player as she moved Sania like puppet on strings.
The pendulum soon swung back in the Indian's favour when she went up 3-1 in the final set and then came with a 'final kick', when she dropped only five points in taking the next three games.
"I was nowhere near my best, but I will take the win," Sania said after the match.
"I had to counter the wind and and that was one of the reasons for the inconsistency, but I'm happy to get through to the quarters."