Sania goes down to Petrova,looks for positives

Sania Mirza’s aspirations of a third-round appearance at Melbourne Park took a mere 70 minutes to be crushed by Nadia Petrova...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:January 22, 2009 11:57 pm

Sania Mirza’s aspirations of a third-round appearance at Melbourne Park took a mere 70 minutes to be crushed by Nadia Petrova on Wednesday,the Russian’s unreturnable serve on match point summing up her clinical display through this second-round match. The Indian did manage to retaliate with a few trademark forehand winners,but in the end,a few wasted opportunities proved to be her undoing as she lost 6-3,6-2.

“Nadia converted three of the four break points she had in the match and I couldn’t convert any of the three I earned. That,perhaps,tilted the match in Petrova’s favour,” said Sania,after her match.

“I played a decent match but not a great one. That was not good enough to beat a top 10 player. I thought I was in with a chance till the end,but I just didn’t capitalise on my chances,” she added.

Sania’s game was more than just a little off — her first serve percentage was a poor 52 per cent,compared to Petrova’s 67 per cent,and she even fell short in the winners column. And the 10th seed made the most of her chances.

Sania and American Vania King begin their doubles campaign against the Russian-Ukrainian duo of Vera Dushevina and Olga Savchuk on Thursday.

In the men’s doubles first round,third seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles take on Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and Germany’s Mischa Zverev,while fourth seeds Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy face Fabrice Santoro and Yves Allegro.

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