Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova Make Winning Start in Pan Pacific Open

Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova had to sweat it out for exactly two hours to get the better of Japan's Misaki Doi and Kurumi Nara 6-7(3) 7-5 10-8 at the Pan Pacific Open

Updated: September 20, 2016 21:23 IST
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Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova were pushed to the limit and narrowly won in the super tie-break in Pan Pacific Open first round.

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Tokyo: India's Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova entered the second round of the women's doubles event at the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday, after registering a hard-fought three-set win over unseeded local duo of Misaki Doi and Kurumi Nara.

The second seeded Indo-Czech pair had to sweat it out for exactly two hours to get the better of the Japanese combination 6-7(3) 7-5 10-8 in the super tie-break.

After breaking her 14-month long partnership with Martina Hingis, Sania paired up with Strycova and the duo won their maiden title in their first outing when they lifted the Cincinnati Open last month.

But Sania and Strycova failed to carry on the good run and crashed out in the quarterfinals of the US Open.

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