Monday, July 16, 2007
No. 3 seed Mirza, Morigami advance at Cincinnati
MASON, Ohio -- Third-seeded Sania Mirza shook off a slow
start and rallied for a 6-4, 6-3 win over Abigail Spears on Monday
night in the first round of the Cincinnati Women's Open.
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Mirza, who has reached the quarterfinals of the tournament the
last two years, lost the first three games of the opening-round
match against the 140th-ranked Spears.
In the first of the night matches, Lilia Osterloh jumped out to
a 4-0 lead in the first set and rolled to a 6-2, 6-3 win over
Viktoriya Kutuzova. The win was Osterloh's first in four matches
against Kutuzova -- the first two on clay and the third on
"Obviously, I'm more comfortable on the hardcourt," said
Osterloh, ranked No. 112, 80 spots ahead of Kutuzova.
In Monday's only other main draw match, seventh-seeded Akiko
Morigami outlasted Camille Pin 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2).
Already a set down, Morigami fell behind 5-1 in the second-set
tiebreaker before charging back to win.
"All of a sudden, I said, 'Hmm, I should start coming to the
net,' and that seemed to work," said Morigami, who will play the
winner of the first-round match between Anastasia Rudionova and
Angelique Kerber. "I think I was lucky to win the match. It was
hard for me to score. I definitely missed a lot of balls. I didn't
execute my game plan."
Morigami fell behind 2-0 in the third set after having her serve
broken in the second game. Morigami rallied and broke Pin's serve
with back-to-back drop shots to take a 6-5 lead. Pin broke back by
fighting off four match points in the 12th game to force the
"I knew I wouldn't play my best tennis in the first round after
Wimbledon and this being my first time back on hardcourt," said
Morigami, who led eventual Wimbledon champion Venus Williams 5-3 in
the third set of their third-round match before losing 7-5.
The tournament -- already plagued by the withdrawals of several
players due to injuries, including Serena Williams, Wimbledon
finalist Marion Bartoli, defending champion Vera Zvonareva and last
year's runner-up, Katarina Srebotnik -- lost two more seeded players
Fourth-seeded and 41st-ranked Meilen Tu withdrew because of a
wrist injury sustained when she played for the United States team
in the Fed Cup last weekend. An undisclosed illness forced
eighth-seeded Severine Bremond to withdraw.
Akgu Amanmuradova, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Anna Tatishvili,
Anda Perianu, Iryna Kuryanovich and Monique Adamczak earned berths
in the main draw through the qualifying tournament.