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Updated: August 17, 2009 18:58 IST

Sania shunted out

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Sania Mirza. Photo: P.V.Sivakumar
Sania Mirza. Photo: P.V.Sivakumar

Sania Mirza became the latest victim of a rampaging Heidi El Tabakh as the unheralded local wild card shut the door on the Indian in Rogers Cup main draw by defeating her in a three-set contest.

The 23rd seed Sania came back well from a one-set deficit but continue with the momentum and lost 1-6 6-3 3-6 in the second and final qualifying round of the USD two million WTA event, on Sunday night.

Earlier, Heidi, ranked 194 in WTA charts, had shocked top seed and world number 35 Anastasia Avlyuchenkova in the first round.

Heidi broke Sania twice in the first set to race away with the first set but the 74-ranked Indian got her act together and returned the compliment thrice in the second set apart from saving three breakpoints to draw level.

However in the decisive third set, Sania could not convert any of the five chances to break Heidi, who converted her only chance to close the game in her favour.

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