Sania Mirza, playing her first competitive match since a long injury lay-off, and her Italian partner Francesca Schiavone reached the doubles quarterfinals of the Hobart International tournament in Hobart on Monday.
The fourth seeded Indo-Italian pair defeated Latvian Liga Dekmeijre and Turkey’s Ipek Senoglu 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the first round of the hard court event.
Sania-Francesca converted two of the seven breakpoints in the first set while saving four. In the second set, they broke their rivals thrice while dropping their serve twice. Shikha Uberoi and Germany’s Jasmin Woehr lost their first round match 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-10 to the Russian-American pair of Natalie Grandin and Abigail Spears.
Safina moves up
Sydney: Dinara Safina needed just under an hour to beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-2, 6-1 at the Sydney International on Monday.
Auckland: Sam Querrey and Robby Ginepri of the US beat New Zealand wild card opponents to reach the second round of the Heineken Open. Querrey beat Dan King-Turner 6-4, 7-5 and Ginepri beat Rubin Statham 6-2, 6-3.
Helfant takes over as ATP chief
London: Former Nike executive Adam Helfant was appointed as ATP chief on Monday, the governing body of men’s tennis announced. Helfant takes over from South African Etienne de Villiers as ATP president. Agencies