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Now, Sania Mirza pairs with Hingis

March 03, 2015 10:02 IST

India's Sania Mirza

India's Sania Mirza and Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei. Photograph: Wayne Taylor/Getty Images

India's tennis star Sania Mirza has decided to partner former World No 1 Martina Hingis on the WTA circuit, splitting with Hsieh Su-wei after partnering the Chinese Taipei player in only four tournaments this season.

In four tournaments together, they made two second round exits (Dubai and Australian Open), reached semifinals of the Brisbane event and ended with a runners-up finish in Doha last week.

"My results with Hsieh have not been extraordinary in the four tournaments we played in since January," Sania, ranked number five in the world, said.

"Hsieh is not feeling comfortable while playing on the Advantage court and feels she's struggling to make the adjustment. I tried playing on the backhand side in Doha and we did reach the final but I feel I am unable to play my best tennis from the Advantage court when we are playing against the top teams of the world," Sania said explaining the phenomenon.

"I will now be partnering Martina, who is one of the most experienced players on the circuit and is an Advantage court specialist as well," the 28-year-old added.

Hingis, who came out of retirement in 2013 to play doubles, has a current world ranking of seven.

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