Sania Mirza, the world No.74, suffered a first-round defeat at the Strasbourg International on Tuesday, falling 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 to Aliza Cornet, ranked No.80.

After dropping the first set, Sania roared back to win the second. However, she lost steam in the third set, in which she dropped her serve thrice.

In the World Team Cup at Dusseldorf, Serbia dispatched Russia 2-0 with Viktor Troicki beating Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-1. Mikhail Kukushkin kept Kazakhstan in the contest when he came from behind to defeat Sam Querrey 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.

The results: At Nice (Nice Open): First round:Ernests Gulbis bt Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Sergiy Stakhovsky bt Teimuraz Gabashvili 7-6(5), 6-3; Robin Haase bt Yen-hsun Lu 6-3, 6-4; Carlos Berlocq bt Andreas Haider Maurer 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.

At Strasbourg (Strasbourg International): First round:Marion Bartoli bt Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-2, 6-1.

Elena Baltacha bt Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 0-0 retired; Andrea Petkovic bt Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-3, 6-1; Stephanie Foretz-Gacon bt Alonya Bondarenko 6-4, 6-1; Lucie Hradecka bt Ahsa Rolle 6-3, 6-4; Mirjana Lucic bt Christina McHale 7-5, 7-6(7); Alize Cornet bt Sania Mirza 6-4, 4-6, 6-1; Shuai Zhang bt Pauline Parmentier 6-2, 6-4.

At Dusseldorf (World Team cup): Round robin: Red group:USA tied with Kazakhstan (Mardy Fish bt Andrey Golubev 6-4, 6-2; Sam Querrey lost to Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 5-7, 5-7).

Argentina leads Sweden 1-0 (Juan-Ignacio Chela bt Christian Lindell 6-1, 6-1).

Blue Group:Serbiabt Russia 2-0 (Viktor Troicki bt Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-1).

[Dusan Lajovic bt Igor Andreev 1-6, 7-6(8), 6-4].

Germany leads Spain 1-0 (Florian Mayer bt Marcel Granollers 4-6, 6-4, 6-2). — Agencies

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