Cara, Mirza aim for Aussie Open comeback

HARARE - The INDO-Zimbabwean pair of Sania Mirza and Cara Black is hoping to put their 2014 season back on the rails when they compete at the Australian Open next Monday.

The duo began the New Year amidst a lot of expectations after ending the 2013 season by winning back-to-back WTA titles in Japan and China.

But things have so far not gone according to plan after they began the year with a shock first round defeat at the hands of the wild card pair of Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajlaat Tomljanovic at the WTA Apia International on Monday.

The third seeded pair suffered a straight sets loss of 3-6, 2-6 in under an hour against the Australian-Croatian combination.

Mirza and Black dropped their service games twice in each set and could only convert just one of the six break chances that came their way.

The third seeds won 38 points while the wild card pair 57.

But they will be looking to get that poor showing behind them when they challenge for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the 2014 season.

India’s top seed, Mirza, admitted all their energies will be focused towards putting an emphatic show in the Slams.

“As tennis players we play 25 weeks a year, we have to worry about four Grand Slams much before we worry about everything else," she said

Mirza reckons her combination with Black will once set them apart from the rest.

"Cara is one of the great doubles players and her skills at the net are a perfect complement to my ground-strokes from the baseline," she said.

"More than that, she is very experienced. She has done it all, has been world number one and has won Grand Slams, so I learn a lot from her as well."

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