Sania goes down to Hantuchova, out of Pacific Life Open

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Indian Wells, US, Mar 19 (UNI) Ailing Sania Mirza's fine run at the Pacific Life Open WTA championships came to an end as she lost to defending champion Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in their pre-quarterfinal match here.

Sania after a miserable start in the first set made a valiant attempt to take the match into the decider but the fifth-seeded Slovak raised her game to thwart the Indian tennis sensation spirited fightback yesterday.

Sania, seeded 21st, went down 6-1, 7-6 (4) to World number eight Hantuchova in almost two hours to bow out of the 2,100,000 dollars.

Sania was rendered helpless in the first set as Hantuchova saved all eight break points. It looked like a similar story in the second set as well as the Hyderabadi was trailing 0-5 but the Indian rallied to level scores 5-5 and made it 6-5. However, Hantuchova snatched her lead back and the match went into tie-breaker.

Sania was troubled by a wrist injury and said she aggravated her injury during the match.

''It's very, very painful. I don't know how I was playing out there as the ball was just flying out because I couldn't move my wrist,'' she said.

Meanwhile, Sania is hoping to be in form for her doubles match after some treatment. ''I still have a day. It could be fine by tomorrow morning. It just depends on the day.'' In the men's doubles quarterfinal, eighth seeded Leander Paes and Paul Hanley of Australia went down to Canada's Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonijic of Serbia 2-6, 1-6.

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