Paris: Indian challengers continued to exit from the French Open as Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands were forced to retire from their pre-quarterfinals following a groin problem to the latter, here Tuesday.
Sania and Bethanie, seeded seventh, had annexed the first set but the American encountered a groin issue in the second set and eventually they pulled out with score reading 7-6(0) 3-5 against 11th seeds Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova.
Sania and Bethanie, who had encountered a back problem Monday, had overcome American pair of Lauren Davis and Megan Moulton-Levy 1-6 6-3 6-0 in their second round match.
Sania's defeat means that now Leander Paes is the only surviving Indian in the French Open. Paes has lost in the men's doubles but is still alive in the mixed doubles, where he and Jelena Jankovic will take on eighth-seeded American Liezel Huber and Brazilian Marcelo Melo for a place in the quarter-finals....more
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Prague: Lucie Safarova will open the Fed Cup final for the defending champion Czech Republic against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. The 17th -ranked Safarova is 3-2 against the 12th-ranked Ivanovic, who is former No. 1. "It would be great to start with a lead," Safarova said at the draw ceremony at Prague City Hall. "That's what I'm going to try and I'm looking forward to." Eighth-ranked Petra Kvitova, who led...
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