01 Jul 2021: 2021 Wimbledon: Sania Mirza, Bethanie Mattek-Sands off to winning start
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands opened their 2021 Wimbledon campaign with a win.The duo knocked out sixth seeds Desirae Krawczyk and Alexa Guarachi, proceeding to the second round of the women's doubles event.Sania and Mattek-Sands won 7-5, 6-3 against the American-Chilean duo in over an hour.Here are further details.
Match: How did the match pan out?
Both the pairs were on the charge in the first set.However, the Indo-American pair of Mirza and Bethanie broke first after the score was tied at 5-5.They finally overcame Krawczyk and Guarachi in a span of 55 minutes.Mirza and Bethanie yet again broke first in the second set, claiming a 4-1 lead.The duo then won the match-point with an ace.
Fact: A look at the stats
Sania and Bethanie racked up a total of 76 points. Meanwhile, Krawczyk and Guarachi won six winners. They recorded less unforced errors (5) than the India-American pair (6). Sania and Bethanie clinched 38% of the receiving points (24/64).
Sania: Sania made her WTA comeback this year
Sania made her WTA comeback this year at the Qatar Open. The 34-year-old, along with Andreja Klepac reached the tournament's semi-finals. The pair then lost the Round of 16 match at the Dubai Tennis Championships. Thereafter, Sania partnered her incumbent doubles partner Mattek-Sands in Eastbourne. The Indian now eyes her second Wimbledon title (women's doubles), having won along with Martina Hingis in 2015.
Singles: Here are the notable women's singles results
In the women's singles event, world number one Ashleigh Barty proceeded to the third round after beating Russia's Anna Blinkova 6-4, 6-3. Elsewhere, Magda Linette stunned third seed Elina Svitolina, winning 6-3, 6-4. The winner of 2021 French Open, Barbora Krejcikova, outlasted Germany's Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 6-4. Meanwhile, 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-3.
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