Friday, February 16, 2007

Sania crashes out of Bangalore Open tennis

Second seed Sania Mirza crashed out of the $175,000 Bangalore Open tennis tournament Friday, losing to unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Russia.

Shvedova defeated Sania 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semi-finals. Sania lost despite enjoying huge crowds support throughout the match.She will, however, return to the court later in the evening when she plays doubles quarter-finals.

Second-seeded pair Sania and Mara Santangelo of Italy will play Uberoi sisters Neha, who is representing the US, and Shikha, who is playing for India.

In the other singles quarter-final encounters, top seed Santangelo defeated qualifier Yurika Sema of Japan 6-1, 6-4 and Tzipora Obziler of Israel beat Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in a match between unseeded players.

The fourth quarter-final match be played between fourth seed Jelena Kostanic Tosic of Croatia and Olga Savchuk of Ukraine.

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