Sania Mirza and Zhang Shuai: India’s star tennis player Sania Mirza finally got the season’s first title after a long wait. He won this time after missing the final last month. On Sunday, together with her Chinese partner Shuai Zhang, she won the women’s doubles final of the Ostrava Open in the Czech Republic by defeating Caitlin Christian and Erin Rotliffe.
Sania Mirza and Zhang Shuai Wins
Sania was playing in the final for the second time in the season. He had previously made it to the finals of the WTA 250 Cleveland event in the US last month with Christina Mashale, where the pair lost. Thirty-four-year-old Sania and Zhang defeated Japan’s fourth-seeded team of Iri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya 6-2 7-5 in the semi-finals of the Ostrava Open to advance to the final.
The pair of Sania and Zhang dominated the final.
The second-seeded pair of India and China defeated the third-seeded American team of Christian and New Zealand’s Rotliff 6-3 6-2 in one hour and four minutes in the title match. In their second event, Sania and Zhang dominated the final, winning 76 per cent of the points behind their first and second serves and facing both breakpoints in the match.
In the last, Sania and Zhang started well and kept their opponents on the back foot during the first set. In the sixth game, the Indo-Chinese pair took a 4-2 lead and won the first set at a breakpoint in the sixth game. Hoping to make a comeback, third-seeded Caitlin and Erin tried to make a comeback in the second set, but none of their moves could work against Sania and Zhang.
Sania has won a total of six Grand Slams in her career. In women’s doubles, Sania won the Australian Open in 2016, Wimbledon in 2015 and the US Open. At the same time, in mixed doubles, she has won the Australian Open in 2009, the French Open in 2012 and the US Open in 2014. At the same time, Zhang is in excellent form. She has won three of her last five doubles tournaments, including her second Grand Slam title at the 2021 US Open with Samantha Stosur. Zhang has now won 11 WTA doubles titles in her career.