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Sania fails to qualify in Eastbourne
June 12, 2005 18:59 IST
In yet another disappointing performance, Sania Mirza failed to qualify for the Hastings Directs International tennis championships losing her first round qualifying tie in Eastbourne, England.
Sania, who lost to Jelena Jankovic in the second round of the DFS Classic last week, could not find a place in the main draw of the Tier-II grass court event as she suffered a 1-6, 7-6, 5-7 defeat against Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand.
Sania had five match points, two while she was at 5-2 in the second and three more at 5-2 in the decider, but her opponent came back strongly to turn the tables on her.
The Thai girl, ranked 64 in the world, reached the second round of the qualifying event ahead of the main tournament to be played from June 13 to 18.
The Indian, whose WTA rankings has slipped to 75th from 70th following her first round exit in the French Open, was here to tune up for Wimbledon.