Montreal: Sania Mirza and Cara Black survived a thriller in the semi-finals as they carved out a hard-earned 7-6 (3), 3-6, 13-11 victory to set up a Rogers Cup doubles final against top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci here.
The fourth seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair knocked out the second-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei and China’s Peng Shuai in a contest that lasted an hour and 50 minutes.
Having saved a set point in the opening set, Sania and Cara prevailed over their higher-ranked opponents in a tie-break. However, Hsieh and Peng fought their way back in the second set and comfortably wrapped it up 6-3, taking it to the deciding set.
In the third set, Sania and Cara opened up a 9-6 lead, before Hsieh and Peng rallied and held a match point at 11-10. But from there Sania and Cara won three straight points, to run away with the match on their fifth match point.
In singles final, Agnieszka Radwanska tamed Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 to win the Rogers Cup on Sunday, the third-seeded Pole setting herself up as a player to watch at the US Open. It was the first win of the season for Radwanska but provides a timely jolt of confidence going into the year’s final Grand Slam with 11 of her 14 career titles having come on hard courts.
After a grinding three-set win over top ranked sister Serena in Saturday’s semi-finals, the 34-year-old American appeared to have little left against an energetic and focused opponent almost 10 years her junior.