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Sania and Martina defeated fourth seeds French-Slovenian Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik (File Photo)[/caption]
Indian tennis Star Sania Mirza comes out all guns blazing with Swiss partner Martina Hingis to enter the Rome Masters women's doubles final on the outdoor clay courts of the Foro Italico on Saturday.
The top seeded duo defeated fourth seeds French-Slovenian Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik 6-2, 7-6(5) in an hour and 27 minutes to enter the summit clash of the 3,288,530-euro tournament. They will now face the fourth seeded pair of Hungarian-French Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic for the Title.
Sania and Martina will play their fourth final together. The last finals they played together turned out to be title triumphs at Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston earlier this year.
The first five games of the opening set saw neck-to-neck competition as neither pair could hold on to their service. However, just when it mattered, the world's two highest ranked players brought their best to win the next three games and seal the set in their favour.
Caroline and Katarina came back stronger in the second set. Though Sania and Martina broke their service in the third game, the third seeds came back towards the end to level the contest when they broke the top seeds serve for the match, to make it 5-all.
The encounter then went into the tie-breaker where Sania and Martina got the better of the third seeds in the tight contest.
Overall, Sania and Martina suffered because of four doubles faults which came towards the beginning. However, the total number of return points they won, helped the Indian-Swiss combine to win the match. Overall, Sania and Martina won 74 of the 130 points played and broke their opponents five times, twice more than the French-Slovenian pair.