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Benesova takes out Sania

STOCKHOLM: Sania Mirza crashed out of the Nordic Light Open on Thursday, falling to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to Czech Republic’s Iveta Benesova in the second round at the Swedish capital.

Sania’s loss in the singles came after she and her French partner Nathalie Dechy plunged to a 1-6, 7-6(2), 10-7 defeat against unseeded duo of Camille Pin of France and Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on Wednesday.

Nadal advances

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal crushed Florent Serra 6-0, 6-1 in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday.

The sixth seeded pair of Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic defeated Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and Rogier Wassen of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-2 in the second round while Mahesh Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles got a walkover from Czech pair Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek.

Important results: At Cincinatti: Western & Southern Financial Group Masters: Second round: James Blake bt Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4; Andy Murray bt Sam Querrey 7-6(3), 6-1; Nicolas Lapentti bt David Ferrer 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3; Novak Djokovic bt Simone Bolelli 7-6(2), 7-6(2); Rafael Nadal bt Florent Serra 6-0, 6-1; Dmitry Tursunov bt Richard Gasquet 7-6 (6), 6-0.

At Montreal: Rogers Cup: Third round: Ai Sugiyama w/o Maria Sharapova. Dominika Cibulkova bt Nadia Petrova 7-6(2), 6-2. Second round: Ana Ivanovic bt Petra Kvitova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; Anna Chakvetadze bt Jill Craybas 6-2, 7-5; Jelena Jankovic bt Aleksandra Wozniak 6-0, 6-4; Maria Sharapova bt Marta Domachowska 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.

At Stockholm: Nordic Light Open: Second round: Iveta Benesova bt Sania Mirza 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Anabel Medina Garrigues bt Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1; Virginia Ruano Pascual bt Maria Elena Camerin 6-3, 6-2. — Agencies

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