Monday, July 18, 2005

Sania faces uphill task, to play Groenefeld in first round

NEW DELHI, July 17. — Sania Mirza would gun for another upset win against Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany whom she has been drawn to play against in the first round of the $170,000 WTA Western and Southern Financial Group Women’s Open tennis starting in Cincinnati tomorrow.
Sania, who has climbed up five places to the 70th rank after her impressive show at Wimbledon, has a tough task in hand against the seventh seeded German, currently ranked 36 in the world.
The Tier-II WTA tour event, Sania’s first in the run up to the US Open Grand Slam starting on 29 August, will also test the Indian’s skill on hard court.
Sania, who would be accompanied by her travelling coach Mr John Farrington, would be hoping to pull off a win against the German whom she had defeated in the semi-finals of the Palm Beach Garden Challenger last November.

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