Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina clinched their second WTA title together, lifting the Family Circle Cup doubles trophy with a straight-set triumph over Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy here.
The unseeded Indo-Russian pair beat the fourth seeds 6-4, 6-4 in what was a repeat of the Indian Wells final three weeks ago in which Sania and Vesnina had come out victors. Sania and Vesnina managed to grab the first set after letting a 5-1 lead close to 5-4. The second set followed a similar script as Sania and Vesnina let a 4-0 lead close to 4-4.
But Vesnina fired a forehand winner to seal it for the pair.
Sania jumps 17 places
Sania climbed 17 places to 73 in the women's singles rankings while Somdev Devvarman slipped a spot in the men's singles rankings, released Monday. Somdev is at 72nd position.
In the men's doubles, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are unchanged at seventh and fifth place while Rohan Bopanna has dropped a place to 16.