Sania-Rodionova in quarters of Estoril Open

Updated: Apr 30, 2012, 21:19 PM IST

Estoril (Portugal): Sania Mirza and her partner Anastasia Rodionova overcame a late resistance from Eleni Daniiliidou and Andreja Klepac to progress to the quarter-finals of the Estoril Open, here on Monday.

The second seeded Indo-Australia pair got the better of their unseeded rivals 6-2 6-7(5) 10-5 in the opening round of the USD 220,000 clay court event.

It took Sania and Rodionova one hour and 27 minutes to down the Greek-Slovakian combination.

After dropping serve in the 11th game of the second set, Sania and Rodionova broke back immediately to push the issue to a tie-breaker but could not stop their rivals from drawing parity in the match.

However, they did better in the match tie-breaker to seal the match.

Sania and Rodionova will now take on the winner of the other first round match between the pairs of Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino/ Anabel Medina Garrigues and Lindsay Lee-Waters/Megan Moulton-Levy.

Rodionova had beaten Sania in the 2010 Commonwealth Games women`s singles final.

PTI