Sania opens with dominant victory,plays Petrova next

Marta Domachowska is more than just a familiar name for Sania Mirza — the Indian counts the Polish player as her oldest friend on the tennis tour...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 20, 2009 12:14 am

Marta Domachowska is more than just a familiar name for Sania Mirza — the Indian counts the Polish player as her oldest friend on the tennis tour,having known her from the time when both took their first uncertain steps in the world of professional tennis.

On Monday,though,Sania was in no mood for any friendly favours as she sent Domachowska packing in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Sixty-seven minutes was all Sania needed for this 6-1,6-4 victory,and up next for her is Nadia Petrova,who beat Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3,7-6 (3).

After a year highlighted only by injuries,Sania showed flashes of what she is still capable of in her comeback tournament before the Australian Open,defeating world No 25 Agnes Szavay of Hungary in Hong Kong. Her troublesome right wrist may just have been put to rest for the long haul,and she didn’t have any trouble with it on Monday either. “I was very comfortable today during the match,and I’m glad. I’m happy to get through my first competitive singles match with a comfortable scoreline,” said Sania.

“I was testing myself all over again at this level on my comeback trail and it was wonderful to be competing and winning in a Grand Slam again. I wasn’t expecting it to be straight sets,I hadn’t really thought about it like that.”

Though she is the 10th seed at the year’s first Slam,Petrova will not look an impossible proposition for Sania,as the record between the players stands at 1-1.

But the 108-ranked player will need to pull up her first serve percentage,which stood at a poor 47 per cent on Monday.

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