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Top seeded tennis pair Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis hardly broke sweat on their way to victory in their 35th successive match and enter the women’s doubles final of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Friday.
The Indo-Swiss pair took only 54 minutes to beat German-Czech 13th seeds Julia Goerges and Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 6-0 in the semi-finals at the Rod Laver Arena. They will take on Czech seventh seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the final to earn their eighth title on the trot.
The last four contest was going without any hiccup till 2-1 when the world’s top ranked team broke their opponents in the fourth game to go 3-1 up. Sania and Martina held their service game and broke the 13th seeds’ serve again in the sixth game to take a 5-1 advantage.
It was only a matter of time before they sealed the set in their favour in only 26 minutes.
Sania and Martina, who are both individually ranked No.1 in the world, carried the momentum into the second set to break Julia and Karolina in the first and third games to go 4-0 up.
It finally looked like the German-Czech combination would be able to get off the mark when they were 40-0 up in the fifth game, but Sania and Martina were in total demolition mode. They first brought the game to deuce and then broke their opponents for the third time in the set to make it 5-0.
Serving for the set and match, Sania wasted three matchpoint opportunities but finally clinched it when Julia’s hit went into the net to give the Indo-Swiss pair entry into the finals.
This will be Sania Mirza’s first women’s doubles final here with her previous best coming in 2012 when she reached the semis with Russian Elena Vesnina.
The top seeds complimented each other really well. While Martina Hingis was impeccable up front at the net, Sania’s ground strokes were hit so hard from the baseline that their opponents were hardly able to get near the balls.
They will face seventh seeds Andrea Hlaválková and Lucie Hradecka on Friday 29 Jan.