The much-awaited dream semifinal outing at the Sunfeast Open ended on a disappointing note for the indian fans as Sania Mirza found herself to be no match for top seed Martina Hingis and went down in straight sets in Kolkata.
Hingis practically gave tennis lessons to her teenage opponent on way to winning the grossly one-sided tie 6-1 6-0 in only 58 minutes to cruise into the final of the USD 175,000 Tier 3 event.
Even as a partisian crowd of 5,000 rooted for the home-spun player at the Netaji indoor stadium, world number 9 Hingis quickly took command of the proceedings and maintained her control right through with her exemplary fitness, silver-quick court coverage and excellent anticipation that left Sania far behind.
In the end, it was the sheer class of the former world number one that proved the decisive factor.
"She was playing too well. I had a bad day. I am not as fit as she is. And I don't know how many girls in the circuit are as fit as her," Sania said after the match, paying compliments to her fancied opponent and summarizing the causes for her emphatic defeat.
Hingis, despite the thumping victory, had some words of encouragement for the 19-year-old Hyderabadi.
"She is a great player. She has a great future. I hope to play against her in future," the 'Swiss Miss' said, as the crowd broke into thunderous applause.
"I knew she has a good forehand. So, I tried to play to her backhand. But I find that her backhand has also improved now," Hingis said.