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Tennis

Season’s third title eludes Sania and Bethanie
Agencies
Stuttgart, Germany, April 28, 2013
First Published: 21:36 IST(28/4/2013)
Last Updated: 23:20 IST(29/4/2013)

Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands will have to wait for their third title of the season as they ended runners-up at the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix after losing the summit clash to Sabine Lisicki and Mona Barthel, on Sunday.

Playing their third final of the season, the unseeded Indo-American pair lost 4-6, 5-7 in one hour and 33 minutes to the local favourites, who were unseeded wildcard entrants.

Sania and Bethanie had won Brisbane and Dubai events early in the year. With this result, Sania and Bethanie earned 320 ranking points each and split euro 17,046 as prize money.     

Sania and Bethanie had their chances in the match as they earned four break chances in the opening set but could convert none. They saved two chances but one break of serve was enough to hand advantage to their rivals.

In the second set, they trailed 1-3 and had the chance to level the scores in the sixth game but they squandered their fifth chance of the set to allow the Germans go ahead 4-2.

Finally, they succeeded in converting one break chance and made it 4-4, raising hopes of a turn around.

With two holds, it was 5-5 but Mona and Sabine came from nowhere to get a break in the 11th game and served out the match in the next game.

Nadal wins title

Barcelona: Rafael Nadal extended his record number of Barcelona titles to eight as he brushed off a slow start to beat Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday.

Last weekend’s Monte Carlo runner-up regained his accustomed position on an ATP winner’s podium with his fourth title of 2013 and his third on clay for the year.

He rallied from two breaks down on a day of drizzle and heavy conditions, beating Almagro for the tenth time without defeat. “I’m very happy,” said Nadal. “This has been an important week for me. To win here again is a great joy after everything I've been through. "It was a fantastic match for me,” he said.


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