Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Mirza out in Hobart quarterfinals

Sania Mirza's comeback at the end of the 2007 season, after a long injury layoff, turned heads. She added some strategy to that big forehand, mixed thoroughly, and came out a new, more complex player. But so far this season, things have not gone that well for her. She lost both of her Hopman Cup matches, to Meghann Shaughnessy and Lucie Safarova; a bad back may have contributed to these losses. Now she has been knocked out of the quarterfinals at Hobart by another comeback player, Flavia Pennetta, who had to enter the tournament as a qualifier. Final score: Pennetta def. Mirza, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.

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