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Sania's Paris campaign over

Mirza and her S African partner went down fighting in the doubles quarter-finals of the WTA Tier II tournament.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 13:46 IST
United News of India
United News of India

Sania Mirza and her South African partner Liezel Huber went down fighting to the US-Italian pair of Tathiana Garbin and Mashona Washington in the doubles quarterfinal of the $600,000WTA Tier II tournament.

The Indo-South African pair lost 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-7 (5/7) in the more than two hour long match.

Sania and Liezel started off well, breaking their opponents twice in the first set, but lost their way and allowed Tathiana and Mashona to come back. The US-italian pair broke back twice and took the set into tie break.

The Indo-South African pair won the tie-breaker but could not seize the momentum and Tathiana and Mashona stormed through the second set breaking their opponents thrice before finishing it off with a 6-3 win.

The see-saw match than went into the third set which followed the pattern of the first set with both pairs breaking each other twice. It was hard to pick the winner at that time and the tension had begun to show on the players as well, who questioned several line calls by the umpire.

The set went into tie break, which saw Tathiana and Mashona prevail over Sania and Leizel. The long battle had clearly taken its toll on the Sania-Leizel pair, which ultimately surrendered to their unseeded opponents.

Tathiana and Mashona will now take on French Emilie Loit and Czech Kveta Peschke, who beat the Russian pair of Vera Dushevina and Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2, in the semi finals on Friday.

Sania had earlier bowed out of the singles competition losing her second round match to local favourite Tatiana Golovin and the doubles loss on Friday ended the Indian ace's campaign at the tier II event.

In the other matches, Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo stormed into the singles semifinals beating Russian Dinara Safina 6-2, 6-2. Another local favourite Mary Pierce beat compatriot Emilie Loit 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/4) to join Mauresmo in the semi-final draw.

While Mauresmo will take on Golovin, Pierce will square off against Swiss Patty Schnyder.

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 12:39 IST