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Sania in second round of Family Circle Cup

April 05, 2011 14:08 IST

Sania Mirza staged a strong recovery after losing the first set to beat Alison Riske of the United States and enter the second round of the Family Circle Cup on Monday.

The Indian ace won 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 and set up a meeting with Vania King of the United States.

King got the better of 16th seed Vera Dushevina of Russia, winning 6-4, 7-6(7).

Sania will partner Russia's Elena Vesnina in the doubles competition of the WTA event. The pair will take on second seed Americans Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber in the first round.

Sania qualified for the main draw of the Family Circle Cup, a WTA event, after scoring a straight sets win over Ukraine's Olga Savchuk. The second seed Indian beat her eighth seed opponent 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the qualifying event.