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Mattek-Sands & Mirza's Strong Start

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza picked up their third title together at the Brisbane International.

Published January 07, 2013 08:05

Mattek-Sands & Mirza's Strong Start
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Sania Mirza

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza showed they could be a force to be reckoned with as a team in 2013 by capturing last week's Brisbane International.

Mattek-Sands and Mirza toppled three former doubles World No.1s en route to the title - Liezel Huber (alongside María José Martínez Sánchez) in the quarterfinals, Katarina Srebotnik (alongside Daniela Hantuchova) in the semifinals and Kveta Peschke (alongside Anna-Lena Groenefeld) in the final. The final was by far the most challenging, with the American-Indian duo pulling out a 46 64 107 triumph.

It was the third WTA title together for Mattek-Sands and Mirza, who are 3-0 in finals, having previously won Cincinnati in 2007 and Brussels in 2012. Mattek-Sands now has 11 WTA doubles titles to her name, and Mirza has 15.

"In the first week of a new season you're still kind of getting loose and getting match play in, but we were relaxed and played well this week in Brisbane," Mattek-Sands said. "It's always fun with Sania. We're best friends and always get along really well, whether we're getting ready for matches or going for dinner. I'm feeling good right now and really looking forward to the rest of the season."

Mirza talked about playing with Mattek-Sands all season.

"That's the plan," Mirza said. "We get along great off the court. In tight situations that friendship really helps. You trust each other. She's my best friend on the tour.

"Hopefully we'll both be healthy in 2013. We always joke that we're done with injuries now."

Meanwhile, at the inaugural Shenzhen Longgang Gemdale Open, Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan netted their first title together with a 60 75 defeat of Irina Buryachok and Valeria Solovieva.
The Taiwanese sisters' previous best result was a runner-up showing at Pattaya City last year.

"We started quite well today - in the second set we went through a bit of trouble, but we managed to get control back," Chan Yung-Jan said. "This boosts our confidence and to win our first WTA title together in the first week of the year, and in the first year of this tournament, it means a lot to us."

It was Chan Hao-Ching's first WTA doubles title and Chan Yung-Jan's 10th, seven of which came alongside Chuang Chia-Jung and six of which have come in Asia.

Also last week, Cara Black and Anastasia Rodionova were victorious in Auckland.

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