California: Sania Mirza and her American partner Elena Vesnina clinched their first title in just their third WTA event as a team, lifting the BNP Paribas Open women's double trophy after upstaging Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy here. Sania and Vesnina beat eighth seeds Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy 6-0 7-5.
Mirza and Vesnina, who were quarterfinalists at Dubai and Doha in February, were unseeded here but they lost just 19 games in their first four matches, including a surprise 6-2 6-3 upset over seventh seeds Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Sania and Vesnina won the first set in just 25 minutes. The Americans came back in the second set taking a 5-1 lead, but Sania and Vesnina then notched up six straight games to lift the trophy on center court.