Mirza and Zhang win WTA 500 Ostrava Open in Czech Republic
By Saurabh Singh | AITA
The Indo-Chinese pair and second-seeded doubles team of Sania Mirza and Shuai Zhang defeated the third seeds Kaitlyn Christian of the USA and her Kiwi partner Erin Routliffe in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 to lift the WTA 500 Ostrava Open title in Ostrava, Czech Republic today.
It took the second seeds only four minutes over an hour to finish off the final match proceedings to pocket the winners’ trophy comfortably.
With this win, the 34-year-old Hyderabad resident Mirza has won her career’s 43rd WTA Tour doubles title, her first trophy in the 2021 season, and second after maternity break (2020 Hobart Open being the first one).
Her previous best result this year came in August at the WTA 250 Tennis in the Land event in Cleveland where she and her partner Christina McHale were bested by the Japanese duo of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara in the Final.
Mirza and Zhang will split the spoils to the tune of $25,230 as winners and earn 470 WTA ranking points. Mirza is also set to break into the Top 100 in doubles and take over the number one spot among Indian female players’ rankings on the WTA Tour in the doubles category.
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