Sania Mirza-Cara Black advance to quarterfinals of Portugal Open

Sania Mirza and Cara Black took one hour and 20 minutes to finish off their Romanian-Argentine opponents, Irina-Camelia Begu and Maria Irigoyen 4-6 6-2 10-5 in the first round of the Portugal Open.

updated: April 30, 2014 19:13 IST
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Oeiras, Portugal: The top seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Cara Black came back from a set down to quell the challenge of Irina-Camelia Begu and Maria Irigoyen in the opening round of the WTA Portugal Open.

The Indo-Zimbabwean team downed the Romanian-Argentine combo 4-6 6-2 10-5 in one hour and 20 minutes in the USD 250,000 clay court event.

They now await the winner of the first round match between the pairs of Maria Joao Koehler/Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor and Silvia Soler-Espinosa/Shuai Zhang. Meanwhile, in the euro 485,760 men's doubles event, being held simultaneously, the Indian team of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja advanced to the quarterfinals after getting a walkover from the Colombian pair of Santiago L Giraldo and Alejandro Gonzalez. (Marriage with Shoaib Malik not on the rocks, says Sania Mirza)

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