Sania Mirza in Hobart International semis

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Sania Mirza entered the semifinals of the Hobart International Tennis tournament with a straight set win on Wednesday.

Sania Mirza in Hobart International semis

Hobart, Australia:

Sania Mirza entered the semifinals of the Hobart International Tennis tournament with a straight set win on Wednesday. The Indian beat her doubles partner Australia's Alicia Molik 6-4, 6-1. The World No 65 Mirza will play either Russia's Anna Chakvetadze or China's Jie Zheng in the semi-finals on Thursday. Molik, currently ranked 165, is a former World No 8. The two will team up later on Wednesday for the doubles quarterfinals. It was a sign of things to come in 2007 Sania Mirza upsetting world number 21 Na Li of China in the Asian games in Doha in December 2006. Good show Since then Sania almost took India to the finals of the Hopman Cup along with Rohan Bopanna and now her first singles outing of the year has turned into a semi-final appearance. Sania reached the semis after Dowing local favourite Alicia Molik. The Australian is now down to 165 in the rankings but wins like this one over Maria Sharapova in 2004 had taken her to a career high of 8 as recently as 18 months ago before injuries took over. This is the first time Sania has reached the semi-final in an Australian WTA event. The tournament is a build up to the year's first grand slam, the Australian Open that gets underway o Monday. Sania beat Maria Kirilenko and Romina Oprandi, both ranked higher than her, in the earlier rounds. Sania's semi-final opponent is Russian Anna Chakverdatze - the top seed and world number 13. Sania could have played Serena Willimas at this tournament but the seven time grand slam champion playing after four months lost in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Sania can also focus solely just on her singles semi-final clash against the top seed since she and her doubles partner Molik lost in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

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