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Sania qualifies for Miami main draw

India's Sania Mirza defeated Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic in straight sets to enter the main draw of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

sports Updated: Mar 23, 2011 23:45 IST

India's Sania Mirza defeated Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic in straight sets to enter the main draw of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

The 24-year-old beat Renata Voracova 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 22 minutes in the final qualifying round on Tuesday.

Mirza will face Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja in the first round.

In the men's singles, Somdev Devvarman opens his campaign against Italy's Potito Starace.

Roger will struggle to be No.1: Martina
London: Tennis legend Martina Navratilova believes Roger Federer will struggle to regain his world number one ranking after being supplanted by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Speaking at a press event to promote this year's Liverpool International exhibition tournament, Navratilova said while Federer still had the ability to win a Grand Slam event, it was "difficult to see" him regaining top spot.

Federer, winner of 16 Grand Slam singles titles and holder of the world number one ranking for 237 weeks, has fallen to number three in the rankings.

"I don't think he'll ever play as well as he did three or four years ago - that's not to say he can't still win a slam, but it's difficult to see him climbing back to number one," Navratilova said of Federer.

Yuki sails into quarters
Kolkata: Sixth seed Yuki Bhambri defeated K Wachiramanowong of Thailand 6-1, 6-4 to enter men's singles quarterfinals of the ITF men's Futures event at the Calcutta South Club clay courts on Wednesday.

There were no upsets in the men's singles as all the top seeds made the last eight.

In the doubles, the Indian duo of Christopher Marquis and Sunil Kumar Sipaeya made the quarterfinals after the top seeds from Germany, Gero Kretschmer and Alexander Satschko retired in the first set with the scores reading 6-3.