Mixed results for Sania, Leander in French Open

The Indo-French pair of Sania and Santoro lose 2-6, 6-7 , while Paes-Shaughnessy narrowly avoid defeat, reports Atul Sondhi.

sports Updated: Jun 03, 2007 23:10 IST

Sania Mirza on Sunday bowed out of the French Open after losing her mixed doubles second round match in straight sets.

After dominating the first three games against the sixth-seeded pair of Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, the Indo-French duo of Sania-Santoro suddenly lost momentum frittering away a 1-2 advantage, and giving away five games in a row.

The basic difference between the two sides in the first set was in first serve conversion percentage. While Srebotnik-Zimonjic won 71 per cent of their first serve, for Sania-Santoro, it was a measly 42 per cent.

The second set saw the two sides batting it out on even kneel with Sania-Santoro pair saving a break point in the eighth game. They repeated the feat in the 12th game to take the match into the tiebreak. However, Srebotnik-Zimonjic reeled off the first five points of the tiebreak, and never looked back.

In contrast, Leander Paes and Meghann Saughnessy (US) narrowly escaped elimination in the second round of mixed doubles.

After winning the first set 6-2 against Sybille Bammer and Marcin Matkowski with two breaks of serve, they were blanked out 0-6 in the second set before winning the deciding set tie-break by ten points to eight.

First Published: Jun 03, 2007 21:02 IST