Sania falters at final step

Eastbourne: Sania Mirza could not make the
singles main draw of the WTA Aegon International as she lost
the third round of the qualifying event to Russia`s Ekaterina
Makarova here on Monday.

The eight seed Indian lost 4-6, 3-6 in one hour and 18
minutes to her unseeded rival in the final round match of the
grass court event.

Sania saved six breakpoints in the first set but one
break of serve cost her dear as he conceded the lead.

In the second set she was successful in grabbing the
chance to break her rival but also dropped her serve twice in
the process and bowed out.

The Indian, playing second tournament post marriage, had
last week lost the first round of the Birmingham event.