Dallas: India's Sania Mirza was outplayed by Germany's Sabine Lisicki 3-6, 0-6 to crash out of women's singles first round of the Texas Tennis Open here on Monday.
Playing in hot conditions, the 23rd-ranked German needed only an hour and five minutes go past Sania.
Lisicki, with her big serve and powerful groundstrokes, opened a 3-0 lead in the first set before 63rd-ranked Sania broke back to bridge the gap, 3-2. The German, however, came back and did not let up.
Before this match, the two were 1-1 head-to-head with Lisicki beating Sania in Auckland in March and the Indian returning the favour with a win at Charleston in April.
"It was definitely hot. But it is the same for both players. You just have to battle on," said fifth-seeded Lisicki, who reached the Wimbledon semifinal this year.
"You have to play from start to finish and you can never letdown her," Lisicki said. "I've played her twice and the last two times were a little bit of a roller coaster. I knew that as soon as I would take anything off, she'd be right back in there. I just wanted to end it as soon as possible."