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Unstoppable Sania-Hingis equal record winning streak

January 13, 2016 14:18 IST

The pair beat China's Chen Liang and Shuai Peng to enter the Sydney International semis

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis

IMAGE: Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis equalled the record for the longest women's doubles winning streak on Wednesday by advancing to the WTA Sydney International semi-finals with a straight set triumph.

Top seeds Mirza and Hingis got the better of China's Chen Liang and Shuai Peng 6-2, 6-3 in less than an hour to enter the last-four stage and remain on course for a second successive title this year.

With Wednesday's win, Mirza and Hingis won their 28th consecutive match to equal the record set by Puerto Rican Gigi Fernandez and Belarussian Natasha Zvereva in 1994.

Beginning from 2015, Mirza and Hingis have won 10 WTA doubles titles together -- Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, US Open, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing and WTA Finals in 2015, and last week's Brisbane International.

In a totally lop-sided contest in Sydney, Mirza and Hingis broke their rivals twice and saved one on their own serve to pocket the opening set with ease.

Liang and Peng's weak serve ensured that the second set followed a similar course. The Indo-Swiss combine frittered away seven chances but converted two, which was enough to give them the set and the match without breaking much sweat.

Mirza and Hingis will next face the winners of the match between Timea Babos and Katarina Srebotnik and Raluca Olaru and Yaroslava Shvedova.

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