India’s Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black became the first finalist of the women’s doubles at the BNP Paribas Open 2014. The fifth seed Indo-Zimbabwean pair won an even-steven match against the eighth seeded duo of Czech Lucie Hradecka and Chinese Jie Zheng. They won 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 after an exciting match between the two pairs at the Indian wells.
With this win Sania Mirza makes to the first finals of the women’s doubles in the WTA tour in the year 2014. Playing their semi-finals against the eighth seed Czech and Chinese pair was not anticipated to be so difficult for the two players who produced an one-sided affair in their quarter-finals match against the second seed. They had comfortably defeated the second seeded Russian pair of Elena Vesina and Ekaterina Makarova in easy straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
Sania Mirza and Cara Black will now face the winner of the other semi-final between top seed Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and Chinese Shuai Peng and the wild card pair of Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia and Samantha Stosur of Australia.
Sania Mirza would look forward to repeating her 2011 women’s doubles win at the Indian Wells. She had previously captured the BNP Paribas Open title along with the Russian Elena Vesina by defeating eighth seeded pair of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy 6–0, 7–5 in the final.