Sania enters doubles final

Sania Mirza and her Au­stralian partner Ana­stasia Rodionova kept the­mselves in hunt for the do­u­bles title after thier str­a­i­ght-set win in the Pattaya Open semifinals on Saturday, report agencies.

The Indo-Australian pair overwhelmed another experienced duo of Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan and Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan 6-4, 6-4 to enter the final.

Maria Kirilenko entered the singles final after the Russian rallied to down Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. She will now take on defending champion Da­niela Hantuchova who defeated Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei 6-4, 6-1.

Meanwhile, local favourite Marion Bartoli overcame a sluggish start to reach the final of the Paris Open with a 7-6, 6-0 victory over unseeded Czech Klara Zakopalova.

The second-seeded Frenchwoman was 5-2 down in the opening set before revving up the engine and forcing a tiebreak she won 7-3, then winning six games in a row.

Bartoli, the tournament favourite after top seed Maria Sharapova was knocked out in the quarter-finals on Friday, will face Angelique Kerber after the ninth seed from Germany beat Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.

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