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Sania, Nadiia out of Adelaide International 2 in women’s doubles opening round

Indian Sania Mirza and Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine lost 6-3, 6-3 to Czech Republic’s Tereza Martincova and Marketa Vondrousova in the first round of Adelaide International 2 WTA 250 event. Photo: IOC
Indian Sania Mirza and Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine lost 6-3, 6-3 to Czech Republic’s Tereza Martincova and Marketa Vondrousova in the first round of Adelaide International 2 WTA 250 event. Photo: IOC

Adelaide, Jan 11 (MNN) Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her partner Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine lost 6-3, 6-3 to Czech Republic’s Tereza Martincova and Marketa Vondrousova in the first round of women’s doubles in Adelaide International 2 WTA 250 event here on Tuesday.

Sania and Nadiia, the semi-finalists from last week Adelaide International 1 in Australia, were the second seeds in the tournament. But the unseeded Czech team proved to be a tough challenge with Marketa Vondrousova, the Tokyo Olympics women’s singles silver medallist, in their ranks.

After an even start, Tereza and Marketa broke Sania and Nadiia in the fifth game and built on that to win the first set comfortably.

The Indo-Ukrainian pair showed intent in the second set and managed to break the Tereza and Marketa pair 40-0 in the very first game. The Czech team, however, levelled it up in the very next game with a break of their own.

The two teams went toe-to-toe from there on, but with the score at 4-3, the Czechs broke free and proceeded to wrap up the set by a 6-3 margin. The match lasted just over an hour.

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