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B'lore Open: Sania enters 2nd round

Sania beat 104th ranked Martina Muller of Germany in straight sets in the first round of the WTA Bangalore Open.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 18:01 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Top seed Sania Mirza advanced to the second round of the USD 175,000 Bangalore Open with a crushing 6-2, 6-2 victory over Germany's Martina Muller.

Sania, world number 38, asserted her supremacy over her unseeded opponent, ranked 102, with an authoritative display, enthralling the crowd at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association Courts tonight.

"It was a good match for me. I wanted to wrap it up early and have an early night. But she (Muller) fought well," Sania said.

It was a mixed day for Indian players. While Isha Lakhani advanced to the second round, compatriot Ankita Bhambri fell by the wayside.

The day also saw fourth seeded Sybille Bammer of Austria and eighth seeded Emma Laine of Finland making their exits in the Tier-III WTA event.

Lakhani, a wild card entrant, was leading 4-1 in the first set when her Slovakian rival, world no 296 Katarina Kachlikova, pulled out after aggravating an eye infection.

"I am lucky," lakhani said. "The win would have been more credible had I won playing."

Lakhani, taking part in her fourth WTA tournament, said "I have nothing to lose. All I can gain is experience."

The 488th ranked Indian will now clash with Ukraine's Yullana Fedak for a place in the quarter-finals.

Fedak, the 19-year-old from Helsinki, advanced after Laine retired after complaining of acute tonsillitis. Fedak was leading 6-3, 3-1 at that stage.

Unseeded Russian Anastassia Rodionova shocked Bammer, the world number 65, 6-4, 5-7, 6-0. Though Bammer came back strongly in the second set, she could not stop the Russian from wrapping up the match in fine fashion.

In an evening match, Bhambri, another Indian wild card entrant, went down fighting to Estonia's Kala Kanepi 5-7, 3-6. The Indian girl erred on crucial occasions to surrender the advantage to her opponent. The Estonian tightened her grip in the second set as a tired-looking Bhambri's attempts to rally did not succeed.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 20:10 IST