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Dubai Open: Sania crashes out of doubles

The Indian ace and her Venezuelan partner Maria Vento-Kabchi lost their second round match to Czech-Japanese pair of Hantuchova and Sugiyama.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 16:52 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Sania Mirza and Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela flopped in the doubles second round of the USD one million Dubai Duty Free Women's Open tennis tournament.

Sania and her partner Maria bowed out 3-6, 2-6 against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Ai Sugiyama of Japan in a rain-interrupted match on Friday.

The winner of the match will now take on the Russian pair of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova in the semifinals.

The second semifinal will be played between Ukrainian duo of Alona Bondarenko and Kateryna Bondarenko and Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Elsewhere, Mahesh Bhupathi and Wesley Moodie of South Africa faltered after a keenly contested battle in the second round of the 782,250 euro ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.

Bhupathi-Moodie, who had got a walkover in the first round, lost to Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel 5-7, 6-7 (4-7) at Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

The Indo-South African pair had got a walkover after Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andreas Seppi of Italy did not turn up for their opening round tie.

While Erlich and Ram were in best of their form as they had advanced after beating top seeds Mark Knowles of Bahrain and Daniel Nestor of Canada in their previous match.

Third seeds Leander Paes and Martin Damm have already ended their run in the first round after suffering a defeat against Mario Ancic of Croatia and Thomas Johansson of Sweden.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 15:27 IST