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Sania sorts out Lisicki

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza advanced to the quarterfinals of the Family Circle Cup WTA tournament with a straight-set victory over Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

sports Updated: Apr 08, 2011 23:13 IST

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza advanced to the quarterfinals of the Family Circle Cup WTA tournament with a straight-set victory over Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

Sania, who made it to the main draw through the qualifying rounds, beat the German wild card entrant 6-4, 6-4 in the second round singles match of the $721,000 prize money clay court event.

She will now meet 11th seed Peng Shuai of China in the quarterfinals. Peng upset seventh seed Russian Nadia Petrova 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in another second-round match.

Sania has also reached the women’s doubles quarterfinals with partner Elena Vesnina of Russia. The unseeded Indo-Russian duo had upset second seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymonds in the first round.

Second seed and defending champion Samantha Stosur crashed out of the tournament, falling in straight sets to unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina.

On a day when top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki passed a tough test with flying colours, coming up with two tiebreak victories to reach the quarterfinals, Australia's Stosur fell 6-4, 6-1 to Vesnina.

Stosur announced that she would skip the country's upcoming Fed Cup tie against Ukraine to focus on the clay court build-up to the French Open.

Wozniacki fended off the solid challenge of Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (11/9) in a match lasting more than 2-1/2 hours.

Somdev lose to Garcia-Lopez
Houston: India's Somdev Devvarman failed to reach the quarterfinal of the US Men's Clay Court Championship after losing to third-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 4-6, 1-6.

Having had a good run in the hardcourt events at Indian Wells and Miami, Somdev registered a solid opening round victory over American Robert Kendrick but the clay-court specialist Garcia-Lopez proved too strong for him.

The third-seeded and world number 26 Garcia-Lopez, who got a bye in his first round, overcame five double-faults before getting the better of the Indian. The Spaniard started on a positive note, breaking Somdev's serve in the fourth game to lead the first set 4-1. Somdev though broke back immediately but eventually lost control in the 10th game and lost the set 4-6.