Qatar Total Open: Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova lose in semis

India’s Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic in action.

Doha: India’s Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic ousted from ongoing Qatar Total Open in Doha.

On Friday, Sania and Barbora suffered a 3-6, 6-1, 8-10 defeat to USA’s Abigail Spears and Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik.

The victorious fourth-seeded pair entered into the summit clash in a thrilling last-four clash that lasted an hour and 10 minutes.

After losing the first set, the Indo-Czech pair rebounded strongly to comfortably win the second. They took the match to the tie-breaker, but it was eventually sealed by Spears and Srebotnik.

It was Mirza and Strycova’s first tournament together after season-opening Australian Open.

In the Australian open, the team suffered a third-round exit following a defeat against unseeded Japanese pair Eri Hozumi-Miyu Kato. Mirza has never won the tournament before.

In 2016, she, then paired with former partner Martina Hingis, had lost to Daria Kasatkina and Elena Vesnina in the quarterfinals. Thereby ending their streak of 41-straight match wins.

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