Tennis: Sania Mirza enters Family Circle Cup quarters

Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza

India's Sania Mirza got the better of German wildcard Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-4, at the Family Circle Cup here to enter her first quarter-finals at a WTA Tour tournament since 2007.

Sania, who last played a WTA Tour quarter-final in San Diego three and a half years ago, will now play 11th seed Shua Peng of China for a place in the semi-finals. Peng defeated seventh seed Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 to reach the last eight stage.

With today's victory, Sania avenged her defeat to Lisicki in the run-up to the Australian Open in January.

"We played once before, in Auckland just before the Australian Open, and I lost 7-6 in the third. So, I knew it was going to be a tough match. Obviously, Sabine was coming in after beating Bartoli, and I had a tough match also," Sania told reporters after the match.

"My body is pretty tired. I've been playing since Saturday every day, having to come through qualies and playing doubles as well, so I haven't really had a day off. I've had a few niggles in my body now, but I'm happy to come through a match like that, where I think I could have played better. It's always good to come through your matches when you aren't playing your best," she added.

The 24-year-old from Hyderabad also felt that she is close to recapturing her best form.

"I would like to hope I did. I feel like I'm close to my best now. I was Top 30 two years ago. With my wrist injury it has been a tough couple of years and I'm just happy to be healthy again. I couldn't even hold a fork last year for five months. And to be back playing tennis, it's like a new life - to be winning is a bonus," she said.


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