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Sania-Marti lose fil

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

ROME, May 17: Indo-Swiss tennis combine of Sania Mirza and Marti Hingis did not live up to expectations as the top seeds were upset by Hungarian-French pair of Timea Babos and Kristi Mladenovic in straight sets in the women’s doubles fil of the $2,428,490 Rome Masters on Sunday.

The third seeds took just an hour and 13 minutes to come out on top with a 6-4, 6-3 win on the outdoor clay courts of Foro Italico in the first ever match between the two pairs.

This was Sania and Marti’s, ranked World No.1 and 2 respectively, fourth fil together, having won at Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston earlier in the year.

The match did not go in favour of the top seeds right from the start as Sania and Marti were shocked in the fifth game of the first set when Timea and Kristi broke them and held serve to extend the lead to 4-2.

Sania and Marti filly earned two breakpoints for the first time in the match when the third seeds were looking to close the set on their service game at 5-4. However, both opportunities were wasted as Timea and Kristi won the set to take the lead in the match in only 38 minutes.

The third seeds took the momentum into the second set as they immediately broke their opponents. But Sania and Marti reverted by breaking back and levelling the set at 1-1.

The next four service games were held by both teams but the third seeds once again stunned the Indo-Swiss combo by breaking them in the seventh game of the set. They held serve to extend the lead to 5-3.

Within no time, Timea and Kriti had two match points. The first was saved by the top seeds but the Hungarian-French pair converted the second to earn the vital crown. IANS

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