The Indo-Slovenian pair received 6-4 6-7(5) 10-5 towards Nadiia Kichenok and Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine within the opening spherical of the WTA 500 event.
It was Sania’s first match in 12 months and by the way it was on the Doha Open the place she performed final in February 2020 earlier than pandemic halted the tennis competitions the world over.
Sania herself had recovered from COVID-19 in January this yr.
It was Nadiia with whom Sania had paired when she returned to aggressive tennis after maternity depart and received the Hobart Open in January 2020
An early break put Sania and Klepac down 0-3 and struggling at deuce within the fourth recreation however they managed to carry on, getting on board.
The Indo-Slovenian pair wanted only one break to get again on serve they usually obtained that within the seventh recreation, breaking the Kichenok sisters at love within the seventh.
With a straightforward maintain, they had been 4-all and pocketed the set with one other break.
The Ukrainians once more drew the primary blood within the second set for a 3-1 lead however Sania and Klepac fought onerous to pull it to the tie-breaker however couldn’t cease the rivals from pushing the competition to a Tremendous Tie Breaker.
The Indo-Slovenia pair raced to a 5-1 lead in a jiffy and closed the match, changing the second match level.