Sania qualifies for Australian Open

Melbourne: Sania Mirza booked a berth in the
women`s singles main draw of the Australian Open with an easy
straight sets victory over Canada`s Stephanie Dubois, here
on Sunday.

The 24th seed Indian triumphed 6-2 6-3 in one hour and 13
minutes in the third and final round of the qualifying
competition.

Sania had to go through the qualifying route due to low
ranking as she has slipped to 145th spot due injuries last
season.

Sania dropped her serve twice in the first set but the
Canadian offered more chances as the Indian converted four of
five to put her nose ahead.

Sania cashed in on an erratic Dubois, who faced seven
breakpoints in the second set and the Hyderabadi converted
three of them to seal the win.

PTI

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