French Open 2016: Sania-Martina storm into second round with straight-sets win

Paris: World No 1 women's doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis got their French Open campaign off to a winning start as the duo stormed into the second round in Paris on Wednesday.

The top seeds defeated Russian pair of Darya Kasatkina and Alexandra Panova 7-6 (4), 6-2 in one hour and 31 minutes in the first round.

File photo Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza (right). Getty Images

File photo Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza (right). Getty Images

The Indo-Swiss pair began the match on a positive note, taking a vital 5-0 lead over the Russian pair in the first set.

But a couple of unforced errors and losing two successive serves handed Darya-Alexandra the advantage as they staged a remarkable comeback to make it 5-5 in the first set.

From there on it came down to 6-6 and the Indo-Swiss pair held their nerves to win the tie-breaker 7-4 to grab the first set.

The first set win proved as a confidence booster for the top seeds as Sania-Martina, courtesy of a couple of aces and powerful forehand shots, took an important 4-2 lead in the second set.

There was no looking back for them as they're went on to win the next two games and the second set 6-2 and enter the second round in style.

The Women's Doubles World No 1 pair are the top seeds at Roland Garros, and are on the verge of a historic 'Santina Slam' - holding all four Grand Slams at the same time or a Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam. The Williams Sisters were the last pair to achieve this in 2010.


Published Date: May 25, 2016 07:36 pm | Updated Date: May 25, 2016 07:36 pm


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