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Dubai Open: Sania to take on Hingis

Indian tennis sensation could run into Myskina in the 2nd round if she manages to get past the Swiss star.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 17:21 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Sania Mirza would take on five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis of Switzerland in the opening round of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open which starts in Dubai on Monday.

The 19-year old Indian, ranked 38th in the world, could run into former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina in the next round if she manages to get past the Swiss star.

Hingis is making a comeback to competitive tennis after almost three years out due to a foot injury.

The 25-year old has already risen to 48th in the WTA rankings.

She won the inaugural edition of this tournament in 2001.

Hingis reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last month and followed it up by beating Russia's Maria Sharapova in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Sania made headlines in Dubai last year when she beat then US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia as a wild card.

The top four seeds at this year's event -- Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo, defending champion Lindsay Davenport, Sharapova and Justine Henin-Hardenne -- received first round byes in the 32-player tournament.

The Tier II outdoor hardcourt event has a prize money of $1 million.

First Published: Feb 19, 2006 12:42 IST