Sania advances to 2nd round of Japan Open
Playing her first match since US Open, Sania Mirza started her Japan Open campaign in style by outplaying local player Ayumi Morita 6-0 6-4 in the first round of the USD 1,75,000 tennis tournament in Tokyo on Monday.
The second seeded Indian, who skipped the Sunfeast Open in Kolkata due to a wrist injury, next faces Australian Cassey Dellacqua in the Tier III event.
Sania, pairing with American Christina Fusano, will open her doubles campaign on Tuesday against Urszula Radwanska of Poland and Agnes Szatmari of Romania.
The tournament saw its first upset when seventh seed and local hope Aiko Nakamura lost 3-6 4-6 to Czech Republic's Klara Zakopalova.