Dubai Open: Sania to face Kuznetsova

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Sania Mirza will face US Open champion and fourth seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the second round of the Dubai Open today.

Dubai Open: Sania to face Kuznetsova

Dubai:

Sania Mirza will face US Open champion and fourth seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the second round of the Dubai Open today. Eighteen-year-old Sania upset Croatia's Jelena Kostanic, who is ranked 61 places above her, in the first round on Monday. Sania, playing on a wild card, came back from a set down to win 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, a great result considering she's coming off an ankle injury. Tough challenge "It was definitely a very tough match and at this level every match you play is going to be tough. I am just happy I came through," Sania said. "I just wanted to go there and give my 200 percent which I did. Even if I had lost I would have been satisfied," she added. However, Indian fans based in Dubai are extremely keen to see Sania get through the second round. "The amount of Indian faces I saw here was amazing. With everyone cheering for me on every point it was really inspiring. I think they really pushed me," Sania said. The crowd may have to do their very best, as will Sania, if she is to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 2nd round.

Topics : Tennis Sania Mirza
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