Friday, November 24, 2006

Sania takes india 2 final

Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna continued with their blistering form as India thrashed Japan 3-0 to book their berth in the final of the inaugural Asia Hopman Cup mixed team tennis championships in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Top seed India will play Chinese Taipei in the summit clash on Sunday, the latter blanking Thailand to come through at the SAAP Tennis Complex.

Sania, 66th-ranked Indian who won her first WTA title in 2005, defeated Japanese rival Tomoko 7-5, 6-2 in the women's singles in an hour and 15 minutes.

Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna, who is ranked 259 on the ATP Tour, overcame Yuihi Sugita 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 in the men's singles.

In the doubles, Sania and Bopanna thrashed Tomoko and Sugita 6-0, 6-1 in just 39 minutes.

Sania was a bit shaky in the first set as she was broken twice but compensated for that by breaking her rival thrice, in the first, seventh and 11th games.

The 20-year old Hyderabadi dominated the proceedings in the second set with three service breaks in the third, fifth and seventh games.

For Chienese Taipei, I-Hsuan HWang defeated Nudnida Luanenam of Thailand 6-2, 6-1 in the women's singles before Ti Chen accounted for Weerapat Doakmaiklee 6-1, 6-4 in the men's singles against Thailand.

Thailand then conceded the mixed doubles.

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