Mirza-Hingis make winning start in Rome

After receiving a bye in the opening round, the Indo-Swiss pair recorded 6-3, 6-3 win over Taipei-Georgia pair of Su-Wei Hsieh and Oksana Kalashnikova in the second round contest that lasted little over an hour.

Sania and Hingis, the Australian Open champions, are eyeing their 14th title together.   -  Getty Images

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis progressed through to the quarterfinals of the Italian Open with a straight sets victory in the women’s doubles event in Rome. After receiving a bye in the opening round, the Indo-Swiss pair recorded 6-3, 6-3 win over Taipei-Georgia pair of Su-Wei Hsieh and Oksana Kalashnikova in the second round contest that lasted little over an hour.

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Sania and Hingis, the Australian Open champions, are eyeing their 14th title together.

Since their 41-match winning streak ended in Doha, the top-seeded pair have stumbled in their recent tournaments, going down in the Madrid Masters and Stuttgart Open finals, while making a second-round exits at the Miami Masters as well as at the Indian Wells.

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