Monday, January 19, 2009

Sania polished the pole

Sania Mirza survived a late onslaught from world number 61 Marta Domachowhska in her 6-1, 6-4 win in the first round of the ladies singles of the Australian Open on Monday.

Sania raced away with the first set in just 25 minutes, breaking the Polish player thrice.

The Indian led 2-0 in the second set before Marta stepped on the gas, winning four games on the trot, breaking Sania in the third and fifth games.

From a comfortable 2-0, Sania found herself trailing 2-4 in no time.

Under pressure, the 22-year-old Hyderabadi got her act together and went on to win the next four games to seal the issue.

Sania broke Marta in the eighth and 10th games in the process.

Sania had lost to Marta in 2003 in their first meeting and now the face-to-face record stands 1-1.

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