After winning the Cincinnati Open last week with Barbora Strycova, World No.1 Sania Mirza added another trophy to her cabinet, this time, winning the Connecticut Open along with Monica Niculescu. But, there was no such joy for Leander Paes and Andre Begemann, who lost the Winston-Salem Open final.
After splitting up with Martina Hingis two weeks back, Sania Mirza became the lone holder of the World No.1 spot in women’s doubles on Sunday after winning the Cincinnati Open along with her partner Barbora Strycova. Sania and Strycova had defeated Hingis and Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-4 to win the title.
Continuing her preparations for the upcoming US Open, Sania joined hands with Monica Niculescu of Romania for the Connecticut Open tennis tournament in New Haven, USA. The second seeds started the tournament with an easy 6-0, 6-3 win over the American wildcard team of Louisa Chirico and Alison Riske. Then they took on Darija Jurak of Croatia and Anastasia Rodionova of Australia in the
In the final, the Indo-Romanian duo took on the unseeded pair of Kateryna Bondarenko and Chuang Chia-Jung and defeated them in
The second set proved to be a much easier affair for the Indo-Romanian pair, and they won it 6-4 to seal the title. This was Mirza’s 39th WTA doubles title, and her seventh one of this year. After the win, Mirza confirmed that her partnership with Niculescu was just for the Connecticut Open, and she will be back alongside Barbora Strycova for the US Open.
"I play with Barbora Strycova," Mirza assured, reported WTA.com.
However, there was heartbreak of Leander Paes in the Winston-Salem Open final. Paes and his German partner Andre Begemann had reached the last four after defeating Łukasz Kubot and Nenad Zimonjić 6-4, 6-4. In the semis, the Indo-German pair defeated third seeds Robert Lindstedt and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in a thrilling encounter to set up a title decider against unseeded pair of Guillermo García-López and Henri Kontinen.
The third seeds looked on course for the title in the opening set and easily won it 6-4. In the second set, Guillermo García-López and Henri Kontinen showed a lot of