Sania Mirza and Christina McHale reach doubles final at Cleveland
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her partner Christina McHale sailed into the women's doubles final of the Cleveland Championships. The duo enjoyed a straight-set victory over Ulrikke Eikeri and Catherine Harrison 7-6(5), 6-2 in the semi-finals of the WTA 250 tournament in Cleveland. Sania and McHale took one hour and 23 minutes to seal the deal. Here are the details.
The unseeded Sania and McHale will next face top seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara of Japan for the title. The two players have been in impressive form and reached the final without dropping a set in their previous two games. Top seeds Aoyama and Shibahara overcame fourth seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Shelby Rogers 7-6, 1-6, 10-7.
In 2021 Wimbledon, Sania, and Rohan Bopanna were ousted in the round of 16 in mixed doubles. They were beaten 6-3, 3-6, 9-11 by Andreja Klepac and Jean-Julien Rojer. In women's doubles, Sania and her partner Mattek-Sands were ousted in the second round. They were beaten by Elina Vesnina and Veronika Kudermetova.
Earlier this month, Sania got a wildcard for the US Open. Sania will be teaming up with Coco Vandeweghe in the event as she comes looking for her seventh Grand Slam title. Sania has lifted three Grand Slam women's doubles titles and three mixed doubles honors. She can win her second US Open women's doubles crown.
Sania and her partner beat Andreea Mitu and Oksana Kalashnikova in the round of 16 (6-3, 6-2). In the quarters, they beat the third-seeded pair of Zhang Shuai and Lucie Hradecka by a 6-3, 6-3 margin. And now they won another match in straight sets.