Sania and Mattek-Sands enter Wimbledon second round after thrashing sixth seeds


Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands thrashed out sixth seeds Desirae Krawczyk and Alexa Guarachi to step into the second round of the women’s doubles event at the Wimbledon Championships on Thursday. Saina and Mattek-Sands played a bit rusty at the start but once they going into their actual rhythm they dominated the match and won 7-5, 6-3 against the American-Chilean combination in one hour and 27 minutes.

In the beginning, the pressure was all on Indo-American pair when Mattek-Sands served the third game that featured seven-deuce points. By her three double faults in a slow start held the game after saving three breakpoints. The Indo-American pair had two opportunities to break their rivals as the American baffled a volley from the net before left-handed Desirae served extremely well to eventually hold.

In the second set, Sania and Mattek-Sands opened up a 3-1 lead and broke Guarachi again. Matte-Sands’ low backhand return was hit back uppishly and Sania latched onto that with a super smash. After both of them got a 3-1 lead, they never looked back. Before this, the Indian-American Shikha Uberoi had qualified for the US Open women’s singles in 2004 and also won her first round against Japan’s Saori Obata before losing to Venus Williams.