TENNIS / Makes doubles quarterfinals
NEW HAVEN (U.S.): Sania Mirza sizzled for a while before running out of steam as Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko tamed the Indian in the second round of the $600,000 Pilot Pen WTA tournament here on Wednesday.
Sania’s match lasted about one-and-a-half hours and the Indian, who did not drop a single game in the second set, eventually crashed out with a 3-6, 6-0, 3-6 defeat.
After Bondarenko had bagged the first set, Sania hit back with vengeance, breaking her opponent thrice in the second to force the decider.
In the third set, however, Bondarenko prevailed, tightening her grip over the proceedings as she broke the Indian twice to pocket the set and the match.
Meanwhile, Sania and her Italian partner Mara Santangelo reached the quarterfinals in women’s doubles after they defeated the American pair of Corina Morariu and Meghann Shaughnessy 6-4, 7-5.
Meanwhile, top seed and defending champion Nikolay Davydenko escaped defeat at the Pilot Pen hardcourt tournament, fending off a determined challenge from U.S. teenager Donald Young.
Down 4-5 and 15-30 in the third set, the 25-year-old Russian was two points away from defeat but regrouped just in time to prevail 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 over his 18-year-old opponent in one hour and 53 minutes.
The results: At New Haven:
ATP & WTA Pilot Pen championships: Men (second round): Nikolay Davydenko bt Donald Young 6-2, 4-6, 7-5; Gilles Simon bt Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 7-5; David Ferrer bt John Isner 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-2; Igor Andreev bt Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-7(4), 7-6(4); Paul-Henri Mathieu bt Luis Horna 6-3, 7-6(3).
Ivo Karlovic bt Michael Russell 7-6(2), 6-4; Stanislas Wawrinka bt Gael Monfils 7-6(5), 6-4; Thomas Johansson bt Potito Starace 7-6(3), 6-3; Nicolas Almagro bt Julien Benneteau 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3; Fernando Verdasco bt Vince Spadea 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.Agustin Calleri bt Robby Ginepri 6-4, 3-6, 7-5; Jose Acasuso bt Dominik Hrbaty 6-1, 7-5.
Women (second round): Svetlana Kuznetsova bt Agnieszka Radwanska 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; Agnes Szavay bt Daniela Hantuchova 7-5, 6-3.
Alona Bondarenko bt Sania Mirza 6-3, 0-6, 6-3; Dinara Safina bt Vania King 6-1, 6-3; Elena Dementieva bt Ashley Harkleroad 6-1, 7-6(6); Francesca Schiavone bt Emilie Loit 6-1, 6-4.
Eleni Daniilidou bt Sybille Bammer 1-6, 7-5, 6-2; Marion Bartoli bt Virginia Ruano 6-0, 6-4.
At Forest Hills (New York):
WTA Classic (first round): Meilen Tu bt Roberta Vinci 4-6, 6-4, 6-0; Gisela Dulko bt Chan Yung-Jan 1-6, 6-0, 6-2; Nathalie Dechy bt Vera Dushevina 6-2, 7-5.
Audra Cohen bt Elena Likhovtseva 4-6, 6-4 (retd. hurt); Aiko Nakamura bt Alla Kudryavtseva 5-7, 6-3, 6-4; Elena Vesnina bt Severine Bremond 6-4, 6-4. — Agencies