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01-18-2011, 02:56 AM #1
Somdev, Sania bow out of Australian OpenIndia's campaign in both men's and women's singles event in the Australian Open ended on a sour note with Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza going down fighting in their respective first-round matches here on Monday.
While Somdev went down fighting to Tommy Robredo of Spain in straight sets - 6-7(4), 3-6, 4-6 - Sania managed to bag a set before losing 7-5, 3-6, 1-6 to former World No. 1 and winner of seven Grand Slams Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium.
Somdev, who was handed a wildcard after his impressive performance last year, posed some threat to the world No. 52 Robredo, who was once ranked as high as No. 5 but eventually failed to sustain in a contest that lasted two hours and 37 minutes.
On the other hand, the 24-year-old Sania, who booked a berth in the women's singles main draw of the Australian Open only after going through a tough qualifying route, gave Henin a run for her money.
Henin had to draw all her trademark fighting spirit to avoid a disastrous first-round departure from the mega-event.
Sania, during her seventh straight Australian Open appearance, came up with some winners and looked almost set to cause an upset.
Having won the first set that lasted an hour, Sania raised hopes of an improbable Indian win but she failed to make any impact in the remaining two sets, allowing 11th-seeded Belgian to come back right into the game and
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