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Sania to begin afresh at Cincinnati

sports Updated: Jul 13, 2007 12:47 IST

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After reaching the second round at Wimbledon, Sania Mirza will open her North American hardcourt season campaign at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinnati.

The 38-ranked Indian tennis ace will be part of a field which includes rising Russian star Anna Chakvetadze and Swiss girl Patty Schnyder, who won the singles title in 2005.

The Tier III tournament with a prize money of USD 175,000, starts on July 16, but the qualifying matches begin two days earlier. Four spots will be determined by the qualifying tournament.

The matches in the main draw will be held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Ranked eight, Chakvetadze is the highst ranked player to have committed to the tournament so far. Schnyder, ranked 16th is the other top-20 player featuring in the tournament.

Sania defeated Russian Yroslava Shvedova in the first round at the All England Club before going down to 11th seed Nadia Petrova in the next round.