Sania Mirza bows out of Cincinnati Masters tennis in first round

Sania Mirza and her Tunisian partner Ons Jabeur lost 5-7, 2-6 to Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova and Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina in women’s doubles.

By Ritu Sejwal

India’s Sania Mirza and her Tunisian partner Ons Jabeur were knocked out of the Cincinnati Masters women’s doubles tennis event in the opening round on Wednesday.

Up against Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova and Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, Sania Mirza-Ons Jabeur lost 5-7, 2-6 in an hour and five minutes. Veronika-Elena will play fourth seed Nicole Melichar of the USA and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands in the second round.

Sania Mirza’s exit brings the Indian challenge at the Cincinnati Masters to an end.

On Tuesday, Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig lost their men’s doubles opening round match.

Sania Mirza-Ons Jabeur were broken in the ninth game of the first set but bounced back in the next to even the score at 5-5. Veronika-Elena, though, broke Sania-Ons again in the eleventh game before settling the set 7-5.

In the second set, Sania-Ons were broken in the fifth and the seventh game as the Russian-Kazakh pair raced to win 6-2, and with it, wrapped up the match.

The Cincinnati Masters, also known as The Western and Southern Open, was Sania’s first event after her first-round exit at the Tokyo Olympics where the 34-year-old paired with Ankita Raina.