Sania Mirza put up a brave fight before losing the third and final round of the qualifying event of ASB Classic to former world number 23 Sabine Lisicki here on Monday.
Sania's 1-6, 7-6 (7), 6-7 (5) defeat at the packed centre court means that she won't compete in the main draw.
Sania shrugged off a sluggish start to regroup and challenge her German opponent with some good overall game.
Sania overcame an early break of serve in the second set which she stretched to the tie-break and leveled the scores.
The third set also went the full distance with Sania having an upper hand with a 5-2 lead in the tie-breaker but nerves got the better of him and the Indian lost it.
Sharapova effect sells out tournament
Maria Sharapova underlined her pulling power on Monday with Auckland Classic organisers confirming they had sold out all of the day sessions for the entire tournament just minutes before she stepped on court for her first round match.
The organisers said it was the first time the tournament, with a total prize pool of just $220,000, had been effectively sold out by the first day.