Sania inches closer to US Open main draw

Updated: Aug 27, 2010, 12:29 PM IST

New York: Sania Mirza is one win away from
making the women`s singles main draw of the US Open after
scoring a straight-set win over Russian Elina Bovina in the
second round of the qualifying event here.

The Indian, ranked 160th, beat her opponent 10 places
below her in WTA chart, 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 19 minutes to
advance to the third and final round.

Sania broke her rival twice in four chances and saved two
break points on her own serve to go one set up.

In the second set, the Indian dropped her serve once but
negated it by breaking Elena, who reached US Open
quarterfinals in 2002, twice to clinch the issue.

She will next face Columbia`s Catalina Castano, ranked
188th in the world.

Her low ranking forced Sania to go through the qualifiers
of a Grand Slam for the first time after her breakthrough year
at Australian Open in 2005.

PTI