Sania-Zheng breeze into Round 2 at Rogers Cup

Aug 08, 2013, 01:28 IST | IANS

Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Zheng Jie advanced to Round 2 of the Rogers Cup tournament.

Zheng and Mirza defeated Natalie Grandin of South Africa and Croatia’s Darija Jurak 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-2 on Tuesday, reports Xinhua.

Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza

After a tense one hour and 38 minutes, Zheng and Mirza edged out Grandin-Jurak 2-1 in the tiebreaker to win the match, and end the see-saw encounter.

The pair started off the first set strong and quickly took the lead. But Grandin, with swift and strong ground-strokes, overtook Zheng and Mirza to make a comeback — first tying the game at 4-4, and then ultimately winning the set playing aggressively.

Zheng and Mirza have had relatively little experience working together. They partnered up for the first time this May at the Brussels Open where they went up to the semi-finals.

Mirza and Zheng will be facing the winner of the Eugenie Bouchard-Kirsten Flipkens, and Oksana Kalashnikova-Alicja Rosolska encounter. 

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