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Sania crashes out of singles and doubles competition in Pacific Open

Written by: Staff
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Indian Wells, Mar 14 (UNI) Sania Mirza's campaign came to a crashing end as she went down to Elena Dementieva of Russia in singles third round match and failed to get past Cara Black and Rennae Stubbs pair in doubles second round in the 2.1 million dollar Pacific Life Open here today.

The Hyderabadi girl went down 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to fourth seeded Dementifva and followed it up, pairing with Ai Sugiyama of Japan, with a 7-6, 2-6, 6-7 lost against the second seed pair of Zimbabwean Cara Black and Australian Rennae Stubbs.

Against Dementifva, Sania started well in the two-hour-long battle but the Russian came back strongly after being a set down to clinch the match.

The Indian broke her higher-ranked opponent thrice in the first set to win it 7-5 but her tendency to let the momentum slip again proved to be her undoing as Dementieva held on in the next two sets to win the match.

Sania was broken four times in the second set by the Russian who won the set comfortably 6-4.

The match went in to the decider where Dementieva proved to be too good for the Indian and despite committing six double faults, the Russian managed to march ahead after winning the set 6-4.

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