Indian star player Sania Mirza and her partner Anna Danilina came up with a solid win in their opening round women’s doubles match at the Australian Open on Thursday. The Indo-Kazakh duo scored a 6-2, 7-5 win over Hungary’s Dalma Galfi and American Bernarda Pera on Court 14 at Melbourne Park.
Mirza recently confirmed she will be retiring after the Dubai Open next month,
Mirza’s win though was the only positive of the day for the Indian contingent. The duo of Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni lost in a tough three-setter against 14th seeds Andreas Mies and John Peers 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 3-6. Later, Ramkumar Ramanthan and his Mexican partner Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela lost in another three-setter to brothers Stefanos and Petros Tsitsipas 6-3, 5-7, 3-6.
The Mirza-Danilina duo made a bright start to their contest, coming up with a break in the third game of the first set before getting a second consecutive break to go up 4-1. The eight seeds held their own from there to take the opening set. In the second set too, Mirza-Danilina found a break in the third game, and were again 4-1 up, only for Pera and Galfi to claw their way back into the set and make it 4-4.