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Sania crashes out of Bangalore Open

She went down 6-1, 5-7, 2-6 to Camille Pin of France in the second round.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 04:06 IST

The $175,000 Bangalore Open lost its biggest draw card on Wednesday when top seed Sania Mirza suffered a shock second round defeat at the hands of Camille Pin of France.

The world number 38 lost to unseeded Camille 6-1, 5-7, 2-6 at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association courts.

Sania won the first set easily as everything appeared to go her way but midway through the second set, she lost her rhythm allowing her opponent, who is 110th in the world, to claw her way back.

A wrong line call that went against the Hyderbadi girl did not help matters and the French woman staged a remarkable rally and fought back from 3-5 to win the second set as she grew in confidence and put Sania on the backfoot.

In the final set, the French woman played her heart out and dominated proceedings as Sania failed to raise her game.

"I enjoyed playing here. It was a good atmosphere. I am playing in India for the first time. I was focussed. Point by point, I wanted to come back," Camille said.

Meanwhile, the player who was drawn to meet Sania in the final was also eliminated as the day saw the shock defeat of second seed Shahar Peer of Israel, fresh from her Pattaya City title triumph in Thailand last week.

She lost 4-6, 2-6 to Italy's Maria Elena Camerin in the first round.

First Published: Feb 15, 2006 19:32 IST