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Doubles delight for Sania and Bethanie

Dubai: Sania Mirza, on Saturday, clinched her second doubles title of the season after she and Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik in the title clash of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, here.

In the singles, former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her first title in six months when she beat Sara Errani 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.

The unseeded Indo-American duo prevailed over the Russian-Slovenia combo 6-4 2-6 10-7 in a tightly-contested final of the USD 2,000,000 hard court event. The match lasted for one hour and 32 minutes.

After a rather easy victory in the first set, the eventual winners were made to struggle as Petrova and Srebotnik fought back strongly to take the second set.

Sania and Bethanie, however, sealed the issue by winning the crucial third set.

The two players had won the Brisbane International last month to make a superb start to the 2013 season.

This was Sania’s 16th championships wins in doubles, and she also has one single title win.

Both the pairs had two aces each but Petrova and Srebotnik, interestingly, committed just one double fault compared to three by the Indo-American duo.

As far as first service was concerned, the runner-up team’s winning percentage was 68 compared to the winners’ 62 per cent.

However, in the second service, Sania and her partner’s winning percentage was 53.

Sania and Bethanie had to work hard for points as their opponents fought well throughout.

The total points won were 63 by Sania and Bethanie even as their opponents fell short by just one point.

Kvitova, ranked one spot below Errani at No. 8, also beat the Italian en route to her previous title – her ninth ‘ in New Haven on the eve of the US Open.

But this was their toughest encounter.

Errani lost the first four points and her serve, and Kvitova won the first set handily.

But the Czech appeared to lose her focus in the second, committing consecutive double faults and winning just one game in the set. (agencies)

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