The third-seeded pair of Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic advanced to the semi-finals of the Wuhan Open, after they beat sixth-seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 7-6 [7-5] in Wuhan, China, on Friday.
Sania and Strycova were the first to break serve in the first set, taking a 2-0 lead in the process. Both teams then traded a break apiece over the next two games, before the Indo-Czech pair held to go 4-1 up. There were no further service breaks, as Sania and Strycova won the first set 6-3 in 27 minutes.
After the second set began with two service holds, Babos and Shvedova were broken again to give the third seeds a 2-1 advantage. But they broke their opponents immediately to restore parity. Sania and Strycova broke serve in the seventh game, however, and then had their first four match points with their opponents 0-40 down at 3-5 in the second set. Babos and Shvedova came back to hold, and then faced another match point as their opponents looked to close out the match on serve, but broke back to make it 5-5. Serving at 6-5 down, this time Sania and Strycova had to save three set points to take the second set into a tiebreak, which they won 7-5 to take the second set in 53 minutes.
Sania is defending her doubles title at this event, which she won alongside Martina Hingis in 2015.
Sania and Strycova now face the second-seeded pair of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chin of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals. They have already won two out of three events entered since coming together after the Rio Olympics in August, with their most-recent title coming in Tokyo last weekend.