Sania Mirza’s campaign at the Madrid Open came to an end when she and partner, Chia-Jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei, went down in straight sets to the third seeded Czech-American duo of Kveta Peschke and Lisa Raymond 6-7 (4-7), 4-6 in the semi-finals of the wdoubles event on Friday.
The Indo-Chinsese Taipei pair managed to convert only two of the five break points they got. In the quarter finals on Thursday, they had got the better of the Spanish second seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual. Earlier, Sania had failed to qualify for the singles main.
Roger Federer’s dominance of American Andy Roddick carried over to the clay on Friday when he won 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 to reach the semi-finals.
Novak Djokovic also advanced to the semi-finals after a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ivan Ljubicic.
World No. 1 Dinara Safina advanced to the last four with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Ukrainian player Alona Bondarenko. France’s Amelie Mauresmo will play Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark in the semi-finals after both players won on Friday.