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Sania Mirza knocked out in quarter-finals of women's doubles at US Open

Garcia and Mladenovic win 7-6, 6-1
Updated: 07 September 2016 09:40 IST - Published: 06 September 2016 23:04 IST
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They scored a number of points off errors from the racquets of the French players - but in the second set were thoroughly outplayed - with the French pair fighting back at the end of Set 1.

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Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova have been in fine form since they came together, and they came into the US Open having won a title.

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Second set is easy peasy for French Open 2016 champions Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic! They beat 7th seeds Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova 7-6, 6-1.

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Up an early break of serve, Mladenovic and Garcia led 3-0 before rain saw the players led off court.

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Play has been suspended as rain hits the court! 

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Second set's underway and Mladenovic-Garcia are already up a break. They lead 2-0 right now after having opened serve for this set.

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First set to Garcia/Mladenovic, 7-6.

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Game and set to Garcia and Mladenovic, who win 7-6 (2).

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Mirza sends that volley pummeling towards Garcia, who can't combat it. She nets it, but they still lead the Indo-Czech pair 5-2.

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It's looking bleak for  Mirza and Strycova in the tiebreaker. The French pair lead 5-1.

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Brilliant comeback from the French pair! After breaking back, they've clawed their way back to force a first-set tiebreaker.

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Mirza and Strycova are now relying on unforced errors from their rivals for points - but nevertheless, they lead 6-5 and Mladenovic/Garcia now serve to stay in the set.

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This is going a bit south for Mirza and Strycova after a whopper of a start. They took the early break, but a break back and some solid holds of serve mean scores are now level at 5-5.

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Looks like there's a big fight back as Garcia and Mladenovic now break back for 4-5 in the first! 

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Wow. They've held on have Garcia and Mladenovic, and Mirza and Strycova now serve for the set.

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That's a beautiful drop shot from 22-year-old Caroline Garcia! She leaps high for that and smashes it down with ease.

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SET POINT as Mirza and Strycova look set to take the break... but their rivals fight back for deuce! 

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Between Mirza's forehand and Strycova's backhand, the pair are making a meal of the French Open winners. They hold for a 5-2 lead, and now Mladenovic and Garcia will serve to stay in the set.

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The French pair hold a quick service game but still trail 2-4! 

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And they HOLD! 4-1 to Mirza and Strycova and this set is incredibly one sided right now..

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And it's Mirza and Strycova with the first break of serve! They lead 3-1.

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Uncharacteristically high number of errors from Mladenovic and Garcia give free points to Mirza/Strycova.

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That's a BEAUTIFUL forehand winner from Mirza! The pair take a 2-1 lead - without conceding a single point in that game. 

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Both teams hold. Scores now 1-1.

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It's 1-0 to Mirza and Strycova as they take a quick service hold.

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40-15 and it's now game point Mirza/Strycova in just under a minute! 

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Mirza and Strycova serve to open the match and are up 30-15! 

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Annnnd it's TIME!

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And Mirza is about to get on court with Strycova just as we hear Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina have won their quarter-final over Andreja Klepac and Katerina Srebotnik!

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Mirza, who with Croat ace Ivan Dodig was top seeded in the mixed doubles, tumbled to Barbora Krejcikova and Marin Cilic in the second round.

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Paes partnered Andre Begemann in the men's doubles and Martina Hingis in the mixed. Bopanna did much better in the mixed doubles, managing a Round of 16 finish with young Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski.

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Indian fans' hopes will now be pegged on Sania Mirza after Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna have both crashed out of the Open. 

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The pair's WTA points are in such a position that Serena now needs to make the finals to be able to hold onto the World No. 1 ranking. If Kerber makes the semi-final, Williams will have to win the final.

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Now, she will not only play a revenge match, but one with a twist - a win for Kerber will give her the World No. 1 ranking from Williams  - the first time in nearly four years that the women's singles will see a different No. 1 

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German ace Kerber, who won her first ever Grand Slam title this year at the Australian Open against Serena Williams, also made the finals at Wimbledon - losing to Williams.

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Kerber beat Vinci 7-5, 6-0.

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Elsewhere, Angelique Kerber, who has been having the best season of her career, has beaten Roberta Vinci for a semi-final spot at this year's US Open.

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One constant question has bothered fans since the split - who was the better partner?https://www.sportskeeda.com/tennis/the-sania-mirza-martina-hingis-partnership-a-marriage-of-equals/1

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Mirza won the doubles title here last year with Martina Hingis; they beat Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova in the finals.

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Garcia and Mladenovic won the women's doubles title at the French Open this year, putting Garcia and Mladenovic at 3rd and 4th in the doubles rankings, respectively.

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Mirza, who had been finding middling form all year, has gained momentum since, and after the win at Cincinnati with Strycova, won top honours at the women's doubles in Connecticut with Romania's Monica Niculescu.

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The Cincinnati win took Mirza to sole World No. 1 over Hingis, where she currently stands.

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Mirza and Strycova have found success and chemistry almost immediately after coming together, winning the women's doubles title at the Cincinnati Masters.

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Mirza and Hingis will still, however, play together at the WTA Finals in Singapore later this year.

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They also own titles in Australia and St. Petersburg, but announced the shock split midway through the season.

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Mirza and Hingis together shot to the World No. 1 title, and this year won the Australian Open.

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Mirza and Strycova came together in the immediate aftermath of the Indian's split from Martina Hingis. 

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