Sania-Chuang ousted in doubles


The 15th seeded Indo-Taipei pair lost 2-6, 3-6 to the unseeded Russian-Romanian combination. Sania and Chia had their chances but failed to grab on those. Out of seven break points they got they could convert just one and paid the price.

Sania’s singles campaign was cut short in the second round by her friend Sorana Cirstea.
The Indian would now look to put up a better show in the mixed doubles event as she has reached the second round with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.

Meawnhile, Prakash Amritraj, banned from India’s Davis Cup team under new non-resident rules, was hopeful of resolving the situation before India face South Africa in September.

World number 154 Amritraj, a US citizen who was born and lives in California, cannot play due to a government order unveiled in December that bars those not holding an Indian passport from representing the country.

But the national number two insisted he had lost none of his passion for representing India and hoped to get the situation sorted out before the forthcoming crunch World Group play-off.

“This came out of the blue,” he said. “I’ve been playing for India for the last six years,
I’ve wanted to do it all my life. The minute I was good enough, they called upon me and I did it with a big smile on my face. But this rule has come up out of the blue and I’m hoping to sort it out so I can get back to flying the flag. I’m very passionate about playing for my country.”

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