Sania Mirza Struggles at Cincinnati Open
India’s competitors at the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament were all out after Sania Mirza and Zimbabwean partner Cara Black lost 3-6, 3-6 to Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain and Yaroslave Shvedova of Kazakhstan. Mirza and Black had a first-round bye before facing the Garrigues-Shvedova duo.
Ranked No. 4 in the tournament, Mirza and her partner failed to move past the second round of the USD $2.6 million hard court event that leads up to the final Grand Slam of the season, the U.S. Open.
The loss is somewhat of a disappointment because the pairing of Mirza and Black was expected to yield a solid 2014. Mirza partnered up with Black near the end of the 2013 season, going on to win back-to-back titles in Tokyo and Beijing. 2014, however, hasn’t been the same.
The pair started the season with a first round loss in Brisbane. They had a strong performance at the Australian Open, but lost in the quarterfinals to the soon-to-be champions. Mirza and Black won their first title of the year in Oeritas, followed later in the year by a shocking loss at Wimbledon.
The other Indian athlete still in the tournament, Leander Paes, was also eliminated from the tournament. Fifth seeded Paes and partner Radek Stepanek were defeated by Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock in the second round.
The pairing of India’s Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi were knocked out in the first round.