New York: Sania Mirza’s US Open campaign ended with a tame semi-final defeat in the women’s doubles with partner Jie Zheng against Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua
The 10th seeded Indo-Chinese pair, which came into the US Open with the New Haven title, lost 2-6, 2-6 in an hour and five minutes to the Australian eighth seeds.
Sania and Zheng struggled to hold their serves, as they were broken thrice in both the sets. Sania had bowed out of the mixed doubles with Romanian partner Horia Tecau. They had lost to American Liezel Huber and Marcelo Melo of Brazil.
None of the three Indians could clear the first round hurdle in the mixed doubles first round. Rohan Bopanna lost his opening round with Germany’s Julia Goerges while Mahesh Bhupathi and comeback girl Martina Hingis also had similar disappointment.
Earlier, Sania and Jie had stormed into the semi-finals of the women’s doubles with a straight-sets victory over fourth seeds Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng. They had little trouble in defeating the current Wimbledon champions Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei and Peng Shuai of China 6-4, 7-6 in exactly an hour and 50 minutes to advance to the last four stage.