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Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova knocked out of Qatar Open in semifinals

Sania Mirza and Strycova suffered a 3-6, 6-1, 8-10 defeat at the hands of USA’s Abigail Spears and Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik in Qatar Open.

tennis Updated: Feb 18, 2017 16:31 IST
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India's Sania Mirza (R)  to partner Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova during the Qatar Open.
India's Sania Mirza (R) to partner Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova during the Qatar Open. (AFP)

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic suffered a major blow as they crashed out of the ongoing Qatar Open after going down in the semi-finals of the tournament in Doha.

Mirza and Strycova suffered a 3-6, 6-1, 8-10 defeat at the hands of fourth-seeded pair of USA’s Abigail Spears and Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik in a thrilling last-four clash that lasted an hour and 10 minutes.

After losing the first set, the Indo-Czech pair rebounded strongly to comfortably win the second and take the match to the tie-breaker , but it was eventually sealed by Spears and Srebotnik.

It was Mirza and Strycova’s first tournament together after season-opening Australian Open, where the team suffered a third-round exit following a defeat against unseeded Japanese pair Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato.