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Sania bows out of women's singles

The 20-year-old Indian tennis ace goes down in a deluge of misfiring forehands in a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Aiko Nakamura of Japan.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2007 13:52 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Sania Mirza's famous forehand let her down once again as she bowed out of the Australian Open women's singles with a straight-set loss in the second round in Melbourne on Thursday.

Sania, whose penchant for big winners has often landed her in trouble, went down in a deluge of misfiring forehands in a 6-3 6-2 loss to Aiko Nakamura of Japan.

"My serve was average and my forehand wasn't working. The court felt like it was too small and I just couldn't put the ball in," said the 20-year old Indian after the match.

The Hyderbadi girl, ranked 53, was unfazed by the defeat, though.

"I am obviously disappointed but all players have off days, although it does hurt more because it is a Grand Slam," she said.

"But that is the beauty of tennis, there is always tomorrow."

Sania is still in the tournament as she plays the women's doubles with Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain.

But the following year proved to be a demanding as she slipped from her career-high 31 to 66 in WTA rankings at 2006 end.

More than the defeats themselves, it is the way she has failed to capitalise on her strong forehand that has been the subject of debate among her fans.

Sania, however, remained confident about her game. "I don't think there is too much for to worry about. I am only 20 and have only been on the tour for two years."

"I think everyone back home will be disappointed but the fans there are always very supportive."

"Every match is a learning experience."

Meanwhile, Leander Paes and Martin Damm of the Czech Republic moved into the second round of the men's doubles.

The fifth seeds and US Open champions came through a tricky opening encounter against Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (6) 4-6 6-3.

First Published: Jan 18, 2007 12:37 IST