Aus Open: Mirza Hingis sail into third round

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis continued to display their rampaging form as they extended their winning streak to 32 games.

Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Sania Mirza of India compete in their second round match against Lyudmyla Kichenok of the Ukraine and Nadiia Kichenok of the Ukraine   -  Getty Images

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis continued to display their rampaging form as they extended their winning streak to 32 games, after progressing through to the third round of the Australian Open in the women’s doubles event on Saturday.





The top-seeded pair, who clinched their 11th straight WTA title at the Sydney International last week, claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ukrainian twin sisters Nadiia Kichenok and Lyudmyla Kichenok in a second round contest that lasted over an hour. Mirza and Hingis will next face Russian-Italian pair of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Roberta Vinci for a quarterfinal berth.

A perfect day

Later in the day, Sania returned to play her mixed doubles opening match with Croatian partner Ivan Dodig on the same court. The top seeds again had a straight sets victory, beating local pair of Ajla Tomljanovic and Nick Kyrgios 7-5, 6-1 in 59 minutes.





This time too, Sania’s team proved far better than the Australian pair. Sania and Ivan earned as many as 14 breakpoint chances, though converting only four. But that was more than enough to seal the match in only two sets. In addition, they also hit 34 winners, double that of Ajla and Nick!

In comparison, the local team could win only one breakpoint out of the five chances they got. Also, three double faults during the match did not help their cause.