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Mirza-Pierce bow out

February 07, 2003 00:31 IST

The Indian challenge in the WTA Indian Open came to an end with Sania Mirza and Mary Pierce bowing out in the quarter-finals of the doubles competition in Hyderabad on Thursday night.

The Indo-French pair lost to Elena Likhovtseva of Russia and Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

In ther semi-finals, the winners meet Katalin Marosi of Hungary and Jelena Kostanic of Croatia, who trounced Penetta of Italy and Andreea Vanc of Romania 6-4, 6-1.

In another quarter-final, the third seeded duo of Evgenia Koulikovskaya of Russia and Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus beat Yulia Beygelzimer of Ukraine) and Ananstassia Rodionova of Russia 6-3, 6-3.

They will play Li Ting and Tian Tian Sun of China, who beat Trudi Musgrave of Australia and Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugam 6-1, 6-3.

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