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Asian Hopman Cup: India crushes China

Sania Mirza crushes China's Shuai Zhang while 259th ranked Rohan Bopanna packs China's Mao-Xin Gong. Later the Indian duo pair up to defeat the Chinese in mixed doubles.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 12:37 IST

Top seeded India blanked China 3-0 while second seeded Chinese Taipei made a good start defeating Philippines 2-0 in the first round of the First Asian Hopman Cup Tennis Championship which began at the SAAP Tennis Complex at Hyderabad on Thursday.

Indian star Sania Mirza crushed 205th ranked Chinese girl Shuai Zhang in two straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in 62 minutes while 259th ranked Rohan Bopanna packed off 997th ranked Chinese boy Mao-Xin Gong in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 with ease in an hour.

Later Sania and Bopanna paired up to defeat Mao-Xin Gong and Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6-4.

This is the first match for Sania, playing in before home crowd, after winning the WTA Hyderabad Open 2005 at the same venue.

Earlier, she had won her first WTA doubles title pairing up with Mary Pierce of France in 2003.

Sania broke Shuai Zhang's service in the fifth and seventh games of first set and third and fifth games of the second set. Aiming for better performance in the coming Doha Asian Games, Sania dominated the Chinese girl in all departments of the game, particularly she attacked her backhand.

With powerful forehand shots and strong groundstrokes, she demoralised her opponent.

Second seed Chinese Taipei took 1-0 lead over Philippines with I-Hsuan Hwang defeating Czarina Arevalo in the women's singles in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.

Hwang broke Czarina's service in three games in the first set. In the second set, after breaking rival's service in the fourth game, she lost her own service in the fifth game.

Later, regaining her rhythm, she broke her rival's service in sixth and eighth games. Later, Ti Chen overcome the stiff challenge from Patrick Tierro, who stretched him to three sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Scores: India bt China 2-0 (Sania Mirza bt Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6-2, Rohan Bopanna bt Mao-Xin Gong 6-3, 6-2, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna bt Shuai Zhang and Mao-Xin Gong 6-2, 6-4).

Chienese Taipei bt Philippines 2-0 (I-Hsuan Hwang bt Czarina Arevalo 6-0, 6-2, Ti Chen bt Patrick Tierro 6-2, 4-6, 6-4).

November 24 Fixtures: Group-A Japan Vs China and Group-B Thailand Vs Phillipines.

First Published: Nov 24, 2006 12:37 IST