Mirza reaches quarterfinals in Calcutta

Sept. 21, 2006 at 5:59 PM
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CALCUTTA, India, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Sania Mirza of India was among winners Thursday to reach the quarterfinals at the $175,000 Sunfeast Open tennis tournament in Calcutta, India.

Playing her second-round match before a frenzied home crowd, Mirza beat unseeded Sandra Kloesel of Germany, 7-5, 6-3.

"I'm taking it one match at a time," Mirza said. "I'm really happy to be here in the quarterfinals in front of a great crowd. I was glad to get out with a win in two sets."

In other matches, unseeded Olga Poutchkova of Russia topped No. 7 seed Nicole Pratt of Australia, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; Alberta Brianti of Italy beat Angelique Widjaja of Indonesia, 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 6-3; unseeded Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia downed Hana Sromova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-0; and Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan trounced Casey Dellacqua of Australia, 6-3, 6-2.

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