SINGAPORE - Forty-eight hours after coming from match point down to defeat Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, Cara Black and Sania Mirza pulled off an even more remarkable escapology act to keep their BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global title dreams alive.
Trailing Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik 9-6 in the deciding match tie-break, Black and Mirza's hopes of lifting the title in their final tournament together looked to be fading. But five points, and several remarkable rallies later, they stood with their arms aloft and dreams intact.
"It's crazy, we're just trying to stay in the moment, really," Mirza said. "With these super tie-breaks that's what happens. I mean, everyone's tight, everyone wants to win so badly.
"At 6-9 we were only down one break of serve, so I just knew I had to get my first serves in and see what we could do."
Black's stubborn refusal to crack at the net at the death laid the foundations for their 11th hour revival, while Mirza was composure personified, ruthlessly swatting away whatever half chances came her way.
"That's why I chose such a good partner - for moments like these," Black said. "It's our last tournament together and we're just coming out here to try and enjoy it and celebrate."
After taking the opening set, Peschke and Srebotnik looked on course to spring an upset when they then fought back from 5-3 down in the second. However, the No.3 seeds had other ideas, breaking once more to force the match tie-break.
Last month, Black and Mirza announced that the season finale would be their last tournament together. Standing between them and a fairytale finish will be another team playing their final match, Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-Wei.