Tokyo: India’s Sania Mirza along with her partner Barbora Strycova thrashed Chinese duo of Liang Chen and Yang Zhaoxuan 6-1, 6-1, in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open to take home their second doubles title of the year.
Mirza and Strycova, who first won their first title at the Western & Southern Open, had got the better of home favorites Misaki Doi and Kurumi Nara in the first round 6-7(3), 7-5, 10-8 and later cruised against Kato Miyu and Xu Yifan before battling past Gabriela Dabrowski and María José Martínez Sánchez to reach the final.
“We were playing great from the beginning to the end," Strycova said in their post-match press conference, adding, "We actually didn't make any errors in the first set and we felt great on the court. I think it was one of the best matches we played together."
"It's great to play your best tennis in the final, we were happy to do that," Mirza said, adding, "We played very solid, and we kept our concentration the whole match. Like [Barbora] said, it was one of the best matches that we played."
The victory puts Mirza and Strycova one step closer to a potential spot in the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore.