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Sania returns to WTA circuit with win

Sania returns to WTA circuit with win
Sania Mirza
Doha, mar 2 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 3/2/2021 12:47:38 PM IST

Sania Mirza, 34, has marked her return to the WTA circuit with a win to reach the doubles quarterfinals of the Qatar Total Open. Mirza and her Slovenian partner Andreja Klepac, on Monday, won 6-4 6-7(5) 10-5 against Ukrainian pair of Nadiia Kichenok and Lyudmyla Kichenok in the opening round of the WTA 500 tournament in Qatar.

Sania, who last made an appearance at the Doha Open in February 2020, returned to professional tennis for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak last year. The 34-year-old tennis star was contracted with the virus and recovered in January this year.

Sania had returned to professional tennis last year after her maternity leave and paired up with Nadiia to have won the Hobart Open in January 2020.

In Monday’s game. Sania and her Slovenian partner were down 0-3 in the first set before they bounced back to win it. In fact, the Ukrainian pair was once again on a 3-1 lead but Mirza and Klepac were able to take it to a tiebreaker and win the set.

The contest was then pushed to a Super tie-breaker which the Indian and her partner won 10-5 to claim a spot in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Back in January, Sania had said that she contracted the virus despite taking all precautions and urged everyone to wear masks and continue washing their hands.

I was lucky to not have any major symptoms for the most part of it, but I was in isolation and the toughest part was to stay away from my 2 year old and family...this virus is no joke, I took all the precautions as I could but still contracted it ..we must do everything we can to protect our friends and family.. wear your masks,wash your hands and protect yourself and your loved ones..we are in this fight together,” she said.

 

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