Mixed day for Sania in Nordic Light Open

July 30th, 2008 - 10:59 pm ICT by IANS  


Stockholm, July 30 (IANS) India’s Sania Mirza opened her singles campaign in the $145,000 Nordea Nordic Light Open on a winning note, defeating French veteran Emilie Loit in straight sets here Wednesday. Sania was on the offensive from the start as she swept aside Loit 6-3, 6-2.

“I felt tired and jetlagged, and was expecting a tough match. I am happy I could win in straight sets,” said Sania, who is seeded sixth in the tournament.

Sania will next play Czech Iveta Benesova, who beat Ukranian Tatiana Perebiynis 6-2, 6-2 and has had two days of rest.

However, Sania faltered in her first round doubles match and along with her French partner Nathalie Dechy went down to the French Camille Pin and British Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium. The second seeded Indo-French pair were beaten 6-1 6-7 (2) 7-10 by the unseeded duo in one hour and 27 minutes.

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