Sania Mirza in partnership with Shuai Zhang of China went down fighting to the third seeds from Japan, Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara who prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 15-13 in the doubles first round of the $8,150,470 WTA tennis tournament in Indian Wells.

Sania and partner collected 10 WTA points and $16,870. In the $25,000 ITF women’s event in the US, Pranjala Yadlapalli reached the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Maria Kozyreva of Russia.

In the ITF women’s event in Tunisia, Sharmada Balu and Sravya Shivani were beaten in the semifinals, after they had knocked out the top seeds in the quarterfinals.