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Sania outlasts Morigami at Stanford

The Indian ace rallies to defeat Japan's Akiko Morigami 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) and reach the second round of a WTA event.

sports Updated: Jul 25, 2007 15:44 IST

India's Sania Mirza rallied to defeat Japan's Akiko Morigami 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) at Stanford on Tuesday and reach the second round of a 600,000-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament.

Mirza booked a date at the US Open tuneup event against French sixth seed Tatiana Golovin, who defeated Ukraine qualifier Viktoriya Kutuzova 6-2, 6-2.

Austrian eighth seed Sybille Bammer advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Japan's Ai Sugiyama. Bammer booked a second-round date with American Meilen Tu.

Russian qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova rallied to eliminate Ukraine's Julia Vakulenko 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, setting up a second-round match with Swiss fourth seed Patty Schnyder.

Israeli fifth seed Shahar Peer lost five of the first six games but rallied to defeat France's Camile Pin 7-6 (7/5), 6-2. Peer plays Belarus qualifier Olga Govortsova next.