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Sania crashes out of Australian Open


Melbourne : India’s Sania Mirza crashed out of the Australian Open first round losing to Aravane Rezai of France in straight sets at Melbourne Park here Tuesday.

Sania lost 4-6, 2-6 to the 26th seed Rezai.

Sania could convert only one of her eight break points while Rezai broke four times to win the match in 69 minutes.

It was the third meeting between Sania and Aravane with the latter now enjoying a 2-1 record. The Indian has never gone past the third round in the singles draw here.

Sania was the only Indian competing in the singles event as Somdev Devvarman, Prakash Amritraj and Yuki Bhambri bowed out at different stages of the qualifiers.