India’s ace tennis star Sania Mirza and her American partner Christina Mchale lost to Japan’s Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara in the women’s doubles event final of the Cleveland Championships.
The Indo-American pair suffered a straight-sets hammering by 7-5, 6-3 in the title match of the WTA 250 tournament on Saturday night (local time) that lasted for just under an hour and 30 minutes.
Mirza and her partner from the USA gave the Japanese duo a very tough battle in the opening set of the match. A break in the seventh game pegged them back, Sania Mirza and Christina McHale restored parity in the very next game. But the duo once again fell short in the 11th game as another break handed Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara the opening set, as per Olympics.com.
With an early break in the second set, the top-seed Japanese duo provided no respite to their opponents and stormed towards the title rather easily.
Sania Mirza will next head to New York for the US Open as the Indian tennis ace has been handed a wildcard entry into the women’s doubles of the season’s final Grand Slam.