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Sania Wins Brisbane International Title

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Rio de Janeiro: Indian tennis players Sania Mirza in action against Andy Murray and Heather Watson of Britain in mixed doubles tennis event in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 12, 2016. Sania and Bopanna entered the semi-finals of the mixed doubles tennis event by defeating Andy Murray and Heather Watson of Britain in straight sets. (Photo: Seshadri Sukumar/IANS)
Indian tennis players Sania Mirza (Photo: Seshadri Sukumar/IANS)

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza clinched her first title of the season with American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands by winning the Brisbane International women’s doubles title….reports Asian Lite News

Rio de Janeiro: Indian tennis players Sania Mirza in action against Andy Murray and Heather Watson of Britain in mixed doubles tennis event in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 12, 2016. Sania and Bopanna entered the semi-finals of the mixed doubles tennis event by defeating Andy Murray and Heather Watson of Britain in straight sets. (Photo: Seshadri Sukumar/IANS)
Indian tennis players Sania Mirza (Photo: Seshadri Sukumar/IANS)

Sania, who has held the WTA doubles No. 1 ranking for 91 weeks beginning April 13, 2015, will, however, cede the top spot to Mattek-Sands after this win.

The top-seeded Indo-American duo won 6-2, 6-3 against the second-seeded Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final here.

“I feel like I’m handing over Miss World No.1 crown,” Sania said in her post-match speech, as quoted by WTA’s official Twitter handle.

Coming into the meet as a defending champion — the Indian won it with Swiss ace Martina Hingis last year and with Mattek-Sands in 2013 — Sania said, “We always have good matches (against Vesnina/Makarova). It’s great to come back as defending champion.”

“Thank you to my partner and best friend. We go a long way, we play once a year, the last time we played, we won in Sydney,” Sania said.

“I think we should play a lot more. Thanks for playing with me. I was No.1 in the world but congratulations to her for becoming No.1 now. If not me, then her, she has had an amazing year,” she added.