TORONTO, Aug 11 (PTI): Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina made a shock first round exit in the WTA Rogers Cup tennis tournament after losing to the Italian pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the women�s doubles event here.
The fifth-seeded Indo-Russian pair squandered a set lead to eventually go down 6-2, 0-6, 7-10 to their Italian opponents.
After winning the first set comfortably, Sania and Vesnina failed to maintain the momentum and failed to pocket even a single game to lose the next set 0-6.
In the decider, the Indo-Russian pair did manage to pose a challenge but Errani and Vinci sealed the match in their favour with a 10-7 scoreline in the tie-breaker.
Roberta Vinci (L) of Italy shakes hands after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the Rogers Cup at the Rexall Centre
in Toronto on Wednesday.
Wozniacki latest seed blown out of Toronto Cup
TORONTO, Aug 11 (Reuters): World number one Caroline Wozniacki headlined the parade of seeded players to fall at the Toronto Cup with a shock loss Wednesday while Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams moved into the last 16.
Defending champ Wozniacki rarely looked comfortable on court and did not live up to her top seeding with seven double faults and a slew of errors during a 6-4 7-5 loss to Italy�s Roberta Vinci in windy conditions that played havoc with her game.
A day after second seed Kim Clijsters dealt the tournament a blow by retiring from her opening match with a partial tear of a stomach muscle, it was Wozniacki�s turn for a premature exit.
�I didn�t get a chance to really get any rhythm, it was difficult first with the wind but also the way that she was playing,� Wozniacki, who became the seventh seeded player to exit the tournament in Toronto this week, told reporters.
�Right now it�s pretty disappointing and you just try to get over this match and just try to analyze what happened and take the positives and negatives and try to improve.�
After dropping the first set, Wozniacki raced into a 5-1 lead and seemed poised to force a third set but was unable to close it out as she served into the wind, which on several occasions interrupted her service tosses.
�I came against the wind for the next two games and it was pretty difficult on the other side and she served well and that pretty much just summed everything up,� said Wozniacki.
�On one side the wind was blowing in the back and you had to watch out you didn�t play it long, and on the other side you really had to hit through the ball to make it even go.�