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Sania-Hsieh show no mercy to Irigoyen-Oprandi, move to Round 2 at Aus Open

Sania Mirza exhibit a full-power start at bthe first grand slam of the year- the Australian Open 2015. She’s looking strong in her doubles turf, as she teamed up with Su-Hsieh of Taiwan for the slam, and the pair just claimed their first victim.

 

The Indo-Taiwanese pair mercilessly crushed Maria Irigoyen of Argentina and Romina Oprandi of Switzerland in straight sets 6-2, 6-0, in this first round encounter. The doubles leg kicked off for Sania-Su on day 3, as they met their first opponents on court 8. The Indo-Taiwanese pair hit 23 winners compared to a mere eight by their opponents.

 

Sania, the top ranked Indian player, has now been pulled up to world No. 5, after a crackling start to the 2015 season, following her first WTA win of this season with Bethanie-Mattek-Sands at the WTA Apia International.  This is the all-time highest rank in her career that she had also achieved once last year in July, before sinking to No. 9 at the end of the year.

 

With thin win, she earned 470 points to attain the 5th rank, where she incidentally replaced her partner Su Hsieh. After a great 2014, and a rather spunky start to the new season, reaching the semifinals at Brisbane event and winning at Sydney, she has her eyes are on the No. 1 spot.

 

“Being in top-five of the world in nay field feels amazing and it’s wonderful to have achieved my career-best rank this week. But if I stay away from injuries, I feel I could go further in the coming months,” Sania told PTI, from Melbourne.

 

[Feature Picture Courtesy:  India.com]