Top seeds Sania Mirza and her American partner Vania King rallied from a set down to beat the Spanish pair of Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja and enter the semifinals of the Morocco Open at Fes.
Sania and Vania beat their rivals 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 in the thrilling encounter and will next take on the French-Venezuelan pair of Camille Pin and Milagros Sequera for a place in the finals of the USD 145,000 Tier IV event.
The top seeds, who were expected to pull off an easy win against their unseeded rivals, were in for a shock as Nuria and Arantxa outplayed them in the opening set to take the initial advantage.
However, the Indo-US pair came back strongly to clinch the second set and take the match into a decider, which turned out to be an engrossing affair.
Both the teams matched each other shot for shot as the third set went into a tie-breaker, where Sania and Vania held their nerves to come out on top.