Rybarikova ends Sania's dream run

Tennis: Foreign round-up: Indian squanders one-set lead to lose semifinal tie

Rybarikova ends Sania's dream run


The unseeded Indian began in brilliant fashion but ran out of steam as the match progressed to lose 6-3, 0-6, 3-6 in one hour and 34 minutes here on Saturday.
Sania’s brilliant run at the $220,000 WTA event fetched her 130 ranking points and $10,000 in prize money.

In Sunday’s final, Rybarikova will take on Chinese fourth seed Li Na, who got the better of a battling Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4, 6-4.

Sania, however, has an opportunity to reach the doubles final as she and Chinese Taipei partner Chia-Jung Chuang will play the semifinals against the top-seeded pair of Cara Black and Lizel Huber.

Sania’s effort in reaching the last-four stage was her best singles result since making the final of the Pattaya Open in February.

In four tournaments since then, including the Australian Open, she was ousted in the second round and on three other occasions, she failed to cross the first-round hurdle.

Roddick retires hurt

Andy Roddick's hopes of a fifth Queen's Club title ended painfully on Saturday when the American limped out midway through the first set of his all-American semifinal against James Blake with a right ankle injury.

Roddick's retirement threw his Wimbledon hopes into disarray, with that tournament only nine days away, and handed Blake a final showdown with British top seed Andy Murray.
The world number three stood one match away from his first grasscourt title after hustling past Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-2, 6-4.

Second seed Roddick had high hopes of facing Murray on Sunday but it all went wrong in the final point of the third game against Blake.

Stranded at the net, American Roddick quickly turned around to chase down a Blake lob and hit the ball between his legs.

He even laughed when his effort failed to win him the point but absent-mindedly continued to walk towards the back of the court and sprained his ankle between the raised border of the grass surface and the concrete surround.

The American winced and then opted to test his ankle by applying pressure to it before deciding to resume the contest.

After Blake held for a 4-3 lead, Roddick took a medical time-out to have the ankle strapped but he continued to shake his head as he put his shoes back on.

The 26-year-old held his serve in the next game before informing the umpire that he was unable to continue. Roddick had looked to be in good form heading into Wimbledon, which starts on June 22.

Haas advances

Tommy Haas came from a set down to beat fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber 2-6, 7-6, 7-6 and reach the Halle tournament final. World number four Novak Djokovic takes on Belgian qualifier Olivier Rochus in the other semifinal.

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