Mirza-Hingis in China Open final, one win from 8th title together

  • PTI, Beijing
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2015 17:57 IST
Sania Mirza, left, of India hits a return as partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland watches in their semifinal match against Liang Chen and Wang Yafan of China at the China Open in Beijing, on October 9, 2015. (AFP Photo)

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis are just a win away from clinching their eight title of the season and as a team as the duo entered the final of the China Open in Beijing on Friday.

The top seeded Indo-Swiss pair recorded a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over the wild card Chinese duo of Chen Liang and Yafan Wang in the match, which lasted one hour and six minutes.

Mirza and Hingis, who won the Wuhan Open last week, outplayed their less fancied opponents in all departments of the game. They broke their opponents’ serve five times in the match -- four times in the first set and once in the second.

They now await the result of the other semifinal match between the duo of Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Yaroslava Shveedova of Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei pair of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan.

The Indo-Swiss combination has bagged seven women’s doubles titles this year so far, including two Grand Slams --Wimbledon and the US Open -- since they started playing together in March.

Their WTA titles together this year include Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Guangzhou and Wuhan. They won their last three tournaments without dropping a single set. However, the top seeds dropped the first set 1-6 to Italians Flavia Pennetta and Sara Errani in their second-round encounter in Beijing on Wednesday.

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