Thursday, April 7, 2011
Sania Mirza reaches quarter-finals of the Family Circle Cup
India's top ranked woman player Sania Mirza won her 5th match in Charleston to reach the quarter-finals of the Family Circle Cup clay court event.
Mirza, who came through the qualifying draw, beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Thursday 6-4, 6-4. In the quarter-finals she will play No.11 seed Peng Shuai, who missed out on four match points at 5-4 in the second set but rebounded in the third for a 63 57 62 win over No.7 seed Nadia Petrova.
Sania has struggled on clay in the previous years. She will receive 132 WTA ranking points for her efforts this week which will see her rise to around #72 in the rankings from he current rank of #90. Sania had begun the year at No. 160 in the WTA rankings and is not defending any points until the French Open since she was injured at this time last year.
Meanwhile at the US Clay Court Championships in Houston, India's Somdev Devvarman was beaten by Sapnish clay court specialist Guillermo Garcia Lopez, the #3 seed. Garcia-Lopez won 6-4, 6-1 in the second round encounter.