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Sania in pre-quarters of WTA event

sports Updated: Apr 06, 2011 23:59 IST

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Indian qualifier Sania Mirza edged past Vania King in a three-set battle to book a pre-quarterfinal berth in the WTA Family Circle Cup here.

Showing nerves of steel, Sania erased a one-set deficit to score a 6-7(6) 6-4 6-2 win over in-form local player in the second round of the hard court event. King had ousted 16th seed Russian Vera Dushevina in her opening round. Sania will fight it out with either fourth seed Marion Bartoli of France or German wild card Sabine Lisicki for a spot in the last-eight.

Lisicki and world number 10 Bartoli will clash in their second round on Wednesday.

Somdev sets up clash with world No. 26

Houston: Somdev Devvvarman began his clay court season with a thumping 6-2 6-1 win over America's Robert Kendrick in the first round of the US Men's Clay Court Championship here.

It was Somdev's second win over Kendrick, ranked nine places below him at 80, in as many meeting as he had beaten the American at Legg Mason Classic in 2008.