The fifth-seeded team of Sania Mirza of India and Cara Black of Zimbabwe reached the quarterfinals of the Womenâ€™s Tennis Association (WTA) Paribas Open following a straight-set victory over Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears. The Indo-Zimbabwean duo beat the unseeded American team 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 12 minutes in the second round of the $5,946,740 hard court Premier WTA tournament. Mirza and Black saved five of the eight break chances they faced and converted five of the nine chances they got. They won 59 points to 44 for their rivals.
Mirza and Black have not gone beyond the quarterfinals in four tournaments they have played this season. They reached the quarterfinals of both the Australian Open and the Qatar Open. But, conversely, they suffered first round exits at the both the Sydney Open and the Dubai Open. Sania Mirza maintains a WTA Womenâ€™s World Doubles Ranking of 11.