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Sania Mirza and her partner Francesca Schiavone have already reached the quarter-finals of the $1,500,000 Barclay’s Dubai Tennis Championships after winning their first round encounter in straight sets.

They have beaten Wild Card pair of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-4 in the opening match at the WTA Tier-II Hard court event.

The winner duo will next play the winners of the match between top seeded pair Cara Black and Liezel Huber and Shuai Peng and Tiantian Sun.

Sania has already opened her singles campaign, where she has been given wild card entry, against Russian qualifier Vera Dushevina and beaten her to reach to the second round.Now she would be up against fourth seed Serbian sensation Jelena Jancovic.