Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis, who have been in incredible form over the last 10 months or so, have continued their dominance in the 2016 Australian Open as well. The Indo-Swiss pair, gunning for their maiden Australian Open women's doubles title as a pair, will face 12th-seed Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Coco Vandeweghe in the quarter finals of the competition on Tuesday.
The top seeds have not dropped a single set in the Australian Open so far, and should be able to maintain their impressive record of straight-set wins against Groenefeld and Vandeweghe if they bring the same game they have been playing of late.
There is an air of confidence when Sania and Hingis are on the court. They seem unperturbed by any pressure thrown to them by their opponents, which makes them an incredible pair.
With Sania playing aggressive tennis from the back court, and Hingis with her soft hands at the net, they have been troubling pairs like no other in the competition. One of the best things about the Indo-Swiss pair is their ability to treat each and every opponent with great respect: They rarely take any pair lightly, which helps them come up with a quality performance.
And there is no reason why they should change that in the Australian Open quarterfinals when they are pitted against Groenefeld and Vandeweghe, who have played some quality tennis in the competition.
The pair came up with their best tennis in the third round when they squared off against Mirjana Lucic and Barbora Strycova, who tested their opponents to the hilt. However, after a gruelling three set contest, Groenefeld and Vandeweghe emerged victorious to set up a date with Sania and Hingis in the quarterfinals of the competition. The score read 7-6, 3-6 and 6-3.
With such victory, Groenefeld and Vandeweghe should also be a confident pair, but are aware of the uphill task against the top seeds, who will be keen to win the first major tournament of the year.
If Sania and Hingis go all the way in the 2016 Australian Open, it will be their third title in the year. They have already clinched the Brisbane and Sydney International titles.
Where to watch Australian Open live
Australian Open 2016 live match – Sania Mirza/Martina Hingis vs Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Coco Vandeweghe is the second match on Day 9 at the Magraret Court Arena. The first match is scheduled for 11 am local time (5:30 am IST, 12 am GMT, 7 pm ET).
The live coverage of the Australian Open will be on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India, with the online live streaming option on Sonyliv.
The 2016 Australian Open matches can be viewed live in the UK and Ireland on BBC, with live streaming on BBCiPlayer.
Eurosport and Eurosport Player will show the Australian Open 2016 live in the rest of Europe. Channel 7 will broadcast the Australian Open live in Australia.
US viewers can watch Australian Open live on ESPN with live streaming options on Watch ESPN.
Fox Sports will show the Australia Open matches live in South East Asia as well as South Korea.