Sania Mirza, from India, and Bethaine Mattek-Sands, from America, are out of the Miami Open Women’s Doubles after having been beaten in their match against the Women’s Doubles World No. 1 pair, Roberta Vinci, and Sara Errani. The Indian-Amiercan Women’s Doubles team were knocked out in the quarter final match earlier this week.
Sania Mirza and Bethaine Mattek-Sands were seeded seventh, and lost their match against the number ones in straight sets. The final score was 1 – 6 in the first set, and 4 – 6 in the second set. The match was over by the 66th minute. The Indian team started out the match fighting aggressively for points, but the Italian team were simply unable to best the number ones.
In the second set, Mirza and Mattek-Sands started out well, and won more games than in the first set, but simply could not make a comeback. The team had won the first game at love in the second set, and then managed to lead at 3 – 1. Soon after that, the Italian team managed to break their serve and narrowed the gap to 2 – 3. In the sixth game, Mirza and Mattek-Sands managed to lead with 4 – 2, however, this lead did not last for long, when Errani and Vinci won the four games after that, and ended the match with the second set at 6 – 4 in a short 24 minutes.
Sania Mirza, from Mumbai, is the Indian tennis player who holds the highest rank that an Indian tennis player has held for more than 10 years. She holds the highest female tennis rank from India, having reached number seven in doubles, and number 27 in singles. Her career earnings have reached more than US$1 million, which makes her the first female Indian tennis player to have reached such a high level of tennis career earnings. Mirza has been named on a list in The Economic Times as one of the “33 women who made India proud.”