Uzair Rizvi BeyondHeadlines
Sania Mirza failed to pocket her second Grand Slam title as she and her partner Elena Vesina lost the Women’s Double French Open final to unseeded Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradeka.
The Indo-Russian pair faltered due to many unforced error which resulted in 4-6, 3-6 loss against the Czech duo.
Hlavackova and Hradeka are the sixth unseeded pair to win a Grand Slam in last 30 years. They have never reached a quarter final at any Grand Slam before. The win put these two finalists 1-1 on equal terms. They previously met in Indian Wells where the Indo-Russian power ousted them in straight sets.
They failed to display the good form they have been carrying ever since they paired up, winning the titles at Indian Wells in March and Charleston in April by holding a win loss 20-4 record. They started on the back foot and were always left to do the catching up.
A strong show by the Czech’s especially Hradeka who did not drop a single serve was the real difference that separated this game. The pair won five games in a row to lead 5-1 and took the set when Vesina sent her backhand return long.In second set Czech team got off to a good start and rest it was all a formality.
Earlier, Sania Mirza created history by becoming the first Indian female tennis player to reach the French Open women’s double final. It was her third Grand Slam final appearance, in 2008 and 2009; the latter who she won with her mixed double partner Mahesh Bhupati.