Sania crashes out of US Open

New York: Sania Mirza crashed out in the second round of the women`s singles event of the US Open after suffering a straight set defeat at the hands of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.

Apart from Sania, curtains also fell on defending champions and third seeds Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy`s campaign while Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi entered the men`s doubles second round yesterday.

Sania was no match for Pavlyuchenkova as the 20th seed Russian blew away her Indian opponent 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 21 minutes.

In the men`s doubles event, Paes and Dlouhy were the first of the two pairs to take the court and were in for disappointment as the Czech-Slovakian combination of Martin Damm and Filip Polasek rallied to beat them 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4.

Paes has been a two-time champion (2006 and 2009) and three-time runners-up at the Grand Slam event with different partners. Interestingly, the Indian veteran`s 2006 title triumph at the Flushing Meadows came with Damm.

However, Bopanna and Qureshi ensured that the Indians had something to cheer about when the 16th seeded duo defeated Americans Brian Battistone and Ryler DeHeart 6-3, 7-6 (7).

Bopanna and Qureshi will now play against the winners of the match between the unseeded teams of Americans Sekou Bangoura and Nathan Pasha and Michael Kohlmann (Germany) and Jarkko Nieminen (Finland).