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Sania Mirza crashes out of US Open in 3rd round

Sania Mirza's grand slam disappointment continues as Anna Chakvetadze defeat her 6-2 6-3 in the straight sets.

sports Updated: Sep 02, 2007 11:10 IST


Sania Mirza's grand slam disappointment continued when she was ousted from the US Open in straight sets by Anna Chakvetadze on Saturday.

The Russian sixth seed needed only 53 minutes to defeat Mirza 6-2 6-3 and remain unbeaten in four career meetings against India's top player.

"I didn't play an ugly match," said the 26th seed Mirza. "It was just she didn't allow me to play well. I was always on the move. I was always running.

"She was very rarely running. She was dictating play. I like to dictate play. That's how I play. When I can't do that I start putting pressure on myself."

Mirza, who has largely failed to live up to her billing since turning pro in 2003, landed only 48 per cent of her first serves and had only nine winners.

Chakvetadze blasted only three aces but kept the 20-year-old Mirza off-balance by mixing up her serves while connecting on 65 per cent of her first attempts.

Right things

"I think she served really well," said Mirza, who used to play doubles with Chakvetadze when they were juniors. "She improved her serve in the last month."

"She's very hard to play for a lot of players. I feel like I'm not doing the right things. I'm playing like she wants me to play.

"I had to do something different to play her and I didn't."

Mirza has reached the fourth round of a grand slam tournament only once, the 2005 US Open. She bristled when questioned about her record in the majors.

"I just lost to a player that is top 10 in the world," she said. "I don't think I have to worry too much about it. It's the third round of a slam. It's not easy.

"In the last six or seven weeks I lost to three or four top 10 players everytime I've lost a match. You are going to meet those kind of players in a slam.

"Yes, you have to find a way to win but there are very few grand slam champions and very few grand slam finalists."

First Published: Sep 02, 2007 10:54 IST