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Sania-Marti reach Rome Masters fil

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  17 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Rome, May 16: Indian tennis player Sania Mirza came out with all guns blazing with Swiss partner Marti Hingis to enter the Rome Masters women's doubles fil on the outdoor clay courts of the Foro Italico here on Saturday.

The top seeds defeated French-Slovenian fourth seeds Caroline Garcia and Katari Srebotnik 6-2, 7-6(5) in an hour and 27 minutes to enter the summit clash of the 3,288,530-euro tourment where they will take on Hungarian-French third seeds Timea Babos and Kristi Mladenovic for the crown.

This is the fourth time Sania and Marti have entered the fils playing together with the last times turning out to be title triumphs at Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston earlier this year.

There was nothing to separate in the first five games of the opening set as neither pair could hold on to their service games. However, just when it mattered, the world's two highest ranked players upped the ante to win the next three games and seal the set in their favour.

Caroline and Katari came out much stronger in the second set. Though they let Sania and Marti break their serve in the third game, the third seeds came back towards the end to level the contest when they broke the top seeds, who were serving for the match, to make it 5-all.

The encounter then went into the tie-breaker where Sania and Marti just had that extra zing to clinch the tight contest.

Overall, Sania and Marti suffered because of four doubles faults which came towards the beginning. However, the total number of return points they won, helped the Indian-Swiss combine to win the match. Overall, Sania and Marti won 74 of the 130 points played and broke their opponents five times, twice more than the French-Slovenian pair. IANS

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