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Zvonareva sees off wilting Mirza

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:18

Mirza started strongly in sweltering conditions against the top seed but after Zvonareva edged the first set in just under an hour, the Russian eased through the second against a fading fifth seed and recorded a 7-5 6-1 victory.

In-form Zvonareva, 24, did not drop a set all week and continued the form which saw the Russian reach the semi-finals at the Australian Open with a deserved eighth career title.

“Sania played well all week,” said Zvonareva. “She played great tennis, and I’m sure we will have many more tough matches.”

“Vera played very well, I did what I could, but she played better,” said Mirza.

The win helped Zvonareva level the her career record against Mirza at 1-1 after losing to the Indian at the 2005 Japan Open.

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