New Delhi:Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza produced a superb battling performance to beat World Number 18 Shahar Peer of Israel in the third round of the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, California.
Sania came back after losing the first set in a tie-breaker before edging out the Israeli in a tightly-fought second set 7-5. The third set was more of a one-sided affair as Sania dominated it to close the battle at 6-7, 7-5, 6-3.
Sania will play against the winner of the game between Daniela Hantuchova and Zheng Jhie.
Paes in doubles quarters
In the USD 3,589,000 men's Masters Series event being held at the same venue, Leander Paes and his Australian partner Paul Hanley warded off the challenge of David Nalbandian and Gullermo Canas to storm into the doubles quarterfinals.
The eighth seed Indo-Australian pair beat the Argentine duo 7-5 2-6 10-5 in the second round.
Meanwhile, sixth seeded Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of Bahamas won their opening encounter against the combine of German Christopher Kas and Dutch Rogier Wassen 6-3, 7-6 (3) to move into the second round.
(With PTI inputs)