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post Oct 9 2005, 12:26 PM
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Sania Mirza's brilliant run in the $170,000 AIG Japan Open came to an end in the semifinal, losing to France's Tatiana Golovin here.

Sania's fine form in the tournament eluded her against the third seed as the Indian went down 2-6, 4-6 in the tier III ATP-WTA tournament on Saturday.

Tatiana set up a summit clash with Czech Republic's Nicole Vaidisova, who beat Russia'a Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-2.Sania made a comeback from 5-0 down in the second set after being swept away in the first but unforced errors came back to haunt her.

An off-colour Sania, who upset Vera Zvonareva of Russia in a thrilling three-setter on Friday, was blitzed by the Frenchwoman in the first set.Egged on by the crowd, the 37-ranked Sania rallied from behind (0-5) to stretch her opponent in the second set.

Sania found her lethal power-packed forehand winners going and broke the 25th-ranked Frenchwoman twice. After the brief rain interruption with Tatiana leading 5-2, won the next two games but a few unforced errors on crucial points halted her progress.

Golovin converted on her third match point in the 10th game when Sania hit a backhand long.“I don't think I played bad. When I had two match points against me, I played like I had nothing to lose. I just wanted to get a game, and then I saw an opening, said the 18-year-old Sania, the first Indian woman to win a WTA event.

“At 5-4, it could have gone either way, but then I made a couple of loose shots,'' she added.“She (Golovin) was retrieving the balls so well. I started well, but then it got windy, and I think she adjusted to the conditions better than me. She was hitting winners and played a solid match.''

Sania's forehand found a special mention from Tatiana.“She hits her crosscourt forehand so hard that they are difficult to hit back. I had to play my own game and somehow she started to make unforced errors, but that's how tennis goes.''

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