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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Zheng, Nakamura, Sugiyama, Asagoe and Sania lead the Asian challenge at US Open
Asian Players at the US Open

Shinobu Asagoe (Jpn) bt Stephanie Cohen Aloro (Fra) 6-1 6-4
Aiko Nakamura (Jpn) bt Marissa Irvin (USA) 6-3 6-3
Sania Mirza (Ind) bt Mashona Washington (USA) 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (6-8) 6-4
Jie Zheng (Chn) bt Iveta Benesova (Cze) 6-2 3-6 6-0
Ai Sugiyama (Jpn) bt Alyona Bondarenko (Ukr) 5-7 6-4 6-3

Nicole Pratt (Aus) bt Akiko Morigami (Jpn) 6-7 (0-7) 6-0 ret
(10) Venus Williams (USA) bt Rika Fujiwara (Jpn) 6-3 6-1
Emma Laine (Fin) bt Shuai Peng (Chn) 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2
(8) Serena Williams (USA) bt Yung-Jan Chan (Tpe) 6-1 6-3,

Questionable Victory

Sania Mirza - India
Sania struggled to defeat 65 ranked Mashona, Sania went up, breaking Mashona in the very first game but the American bounced back with two successive breaks to go up 4-2. But serving for the set, Mashona was broken. In the tie-breaker, Mashona's nerves frayed and she let go a two set point advantage to Sania. The second set was a ding-dong battle that saw Sania fail to close the match after going 3-1 up. Mashona did well to come back twice from a break behind while Sania hanging to avert a break in the 12th game and pushed the set into the tie-breaker.

Commendable Loss

Yung-Jan Chan. - Chinese Taipei
The rookie from Taipei got her first taste of gritty Grand Slam tennis, thrown into the fire at Arthur Ashe Stadium against Serena Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion. Chan fought valiantly in the second set and gave Williams a scare before the former champion rebounded to finish off the match with a flourish.

Not your day - Hard Luck

Akiko Morigami - Japan
Akiko Morigami left Flushing Meadows in a wheelchair after being overcome by heat against Australian Nicole Pratt as temperatures soared above 30 degrees Celsius. She had won the first set.....

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Sunday, August 28, 2005
Sania knocked out in finals
Indian tennis sensation and third seeded Sania Mirza was defeated by unseeded Lucie Safarova(CZE) who is currently ranked 65 in the world. She won the match in three sets.

Sania got to a good start by wining the first set 6-3 but Lucie got her act together to win the second set 7-5 and the third at 6-4.
Sania plays a lower ranked Mashona Washington of US in the first round of US Open.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005
Sania in Forest Hills Finals.....
Sania Mirza defeated 15-year-old wild card Alexa Glatch 6-4, 6-4 Friday to advance to the final of the Forest Hills Women's Classic. She will face Lucie Safarova who defeated Iveta Benesova 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

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From the desk of Mustafa Kamal......
Thank God!!!! I have someone out there who agrees with me. I have always discussed the role of a proactive media in sports. Please check out the link, even though I do not agree that Sania Mirza was ignored because her media coverage is more than her achievements still overall the article is good.
Unbalanced Sports Coverage in the Indian Media Case Study:Sportstar

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Mahesh & Daniela to play in US Open
Mahesh Bhupathi will team up with the dazzling glamour girl of tennis Daniela Hantuchova in the mixed doubles in the US Open Championship.

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Sania in Semi-Finals.
Sania Mirza of India eliminated Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-1 in the quarter finals of Forest Hills Women's Classic. In the Semi finals she will face Alexa Glatch, a 15-year-old wild card from USA who had earlier defeated the top seed Akiko Morigami of Japan 6-4 3-6 6-2

Friday, August 26, 2005
Srichaphan through to last eight
Paradorn Srichaphan defeated France's Cyril Saulnier 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) at the Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven. He will play either Thomas Zib or David Ferrer in the last eight.

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Sania enters quarterfinals....
Third-seed Sania Mirza has reached the quarterfinals of the $75,000 Forest Hills Women's Classic here. She made it to the last eight stage with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 win over 59th-ranked Shahar Peer of Israel in a first-round match.

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Morigami is the Top seed at Forest Hills

The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills will play host to a 16-draw Tier IV tuneup for the US Open. Japan's Akiko Morigami holding the event's top seed. The 25-year-old from Tokyo will look to continue her recent hard court success, which included her first career final in Cincinnati and a Tier I semifinal performance at San Diego
Sania Mirza is seeded 3rd in the tournament.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005
Tennis star Sania Mirza prominently features in the Arjuna awardees for the year, along with golfer Jyoti Randhawa. The other significant names are Deepak Thakur, for his consistent performances in hockey, Helen Mary, women’s hockey team goalkeeper, athletes J.J. Sobha and Anil Kumar

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