Sania crashes out of BNP Paribas Open

March 15th, 2009 - 4:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Indian Wells (California), March 15 (IANS) India’s Sania Mirza bowed out of the BNP Paribas Open with a straight set loss to World No. 15 Italian Flavia Pennetta in the second round here.
Sania, who was given a wildcard for the $4.5 million tournament, went down 3-6, 4-6 against the 12th seed in an hour and 17 minutes here Saturday. The Indian is already out of the doubles competition.

In the men’s doubles event, India’s Leander Paes and Czech Lukas Dlouhy beat unseeded Austrians Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 to advance to the second round.

Fourth seeded Paes and Dlouhy will next meet unseeded Argentine pair of Juan Martin Del Potro and David Nalbandian, who beat Sweden’s Simon Aspelin and Britan’s Jamie Murray 7-5, 6-4.

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