Sania Mirza and Polish Marta Domachowska lost to top seeds Italian Maria Elena Camerin and Gisela Dulko of Argentina in the doubles final of the $175,000 Western & Southern Financial Group Open tennis in Cincinnati, US.
Third seeds Sania and Domachowska lost 4-6, 6-3, 2-6 to Camerin and Dulko on the hard court, according to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) website.
A battling Sania had earlier in the tournament gone down to top seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland in a rain-affected quarterfinal match.
Sania and Domachowska led 2-0 in the first set Sunday but committed three double faults that allowed their opponents to rally back and clinched the opener in 42 minutes.
The Indo-Polish pair made a fine comeback in the second set after losing the opening game. Then they won four consecutive games to level the match 1-1. They hit 27 winners and broke Camerin and Dulko four times to take them into the third set.
In the decider, however, Sania and Domachowska gave in quickly as they committed five double faults and lost five consecutive games to lose as Camerin and Dulko won their maiden title together.