Sania Mirza, Barbora Strycova win Pan Pacific Open, second title together
India’s Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova defeated China’s Chen Liang, Zhaoxuan Yang to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Saturday for their second title together.
The Indo-Czech duo prevailed 6-1, 6-1 in just over 51 minutes.
The win marks the pair’s second title as a team after Mirza and Strycova defeated Martina Hingis, the Indian’s former partner, and Coco Vandeweghe of the United States in the final of the Cincinnati Masters, their first tournament together, last month. The Indo-Czech duo lost to French duo Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia in the quarterfinals of the US Open.
In the first set, Mirza-Strycova put in 66% of their first serves, saving one of the two break points they faced and converting three of the seven opportunities their Chinese opponents gave them to comfortably win the set.
In the second, the Indo-Czech team saved all four break points they faced and converted two of the four chances they had to win by an identical score to the first.