Second seed Sania Mirza crashed out losing 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 4-6 to unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Russia in the quarterfinal of the $1,75,000 Sony Ericsson Bangalore WTA tournament at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association courts here on Friday.
In the first set, Sania was at her gutsy best as she prevailed in a hard-fought tie-breaker. A couple of aces, followed by a forehand winner saw the Hyderabadi pocket the set 7-2.
In the second set it was a different story. Shvedova raised the level of her game, serving hard to keep Sania off balance. To add to her woes, the Indian made some unforced errors especially on the forehand. Shevoda broke Sania twice to clinch the set 6-4 and force a decider.
The decider was a close affair. Even though Sania effected a break to go 2-0 up, she looked a bit rusty.
Once Shvedova broke to even things up at 2-all, it was clear the Indian was fighting a losing battle. Sania hit a forehand long to mark her exit from the tournament.
Sania praised her opponent. “She was at her best while serving. Her second serves were awesome, even Sharapova doesn’t hit so hard. If someone troubles me on my return, then she has got to be really good. The way she played she deserves to be in top 30’s,” she said after the match.
Second seed Mara Santangelo took less than 60 minutes to defeat the 237th ranked Yurika Sema 6-1, 6-4. In another match, Tzipora Obziler beat Melinda Czink 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
In doubles, top seeded Taipei pair of Yung Jan Chan and Chia-Jung Chuang entered the final defeating Jarmila Gajdosova (Slovakia) and Christina Horiatopoulos (Australia) 6-3, 6-2.
Ukraine’s Olga Savchuk got the better of fourth seed Jelena Kostanic Tosic 6-3, 6-4 to enter the semifinal.
Savchuk will take on top seed Mara Santangelo of Italy.
Sania Mirza and Mara Santangelo beat Neha and Shikha Uberoi 6-3, 6-1. They will next face fourth-seeded Su-shieh (Chinese Taipei) and Alla
Kuzryavtseva of Russia for a place in the final.
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