Sania finishes runner-up
Sania Mirza's quest for her second WTA singles title continued after the Indian ace went down fighting 5-7, 1-6 against world number five and top seed Vera Zvonareva in the final of the US$ 220,000 Pattaya Open here on Sunday.
Sania fought her heart out against her formidable opponent but the Russian drew from her vast experience to halt the India's brilliant run in the one hour and 17 minutes contest.
The first set was fiercely fought and both the players traded many a breaks but unforced errors in pressure situations did Sania in.
Once she lost the first set, and squandered the chance to break Zvonareva in the opening game of the second set, Sania was all but out of the match.
Nevertheless, Sania's sizzling run in the event will boost her confidence and give a fillip to her plummeting WTA ranking which is currently 126th.
Sania could have got an early lead at the start of the match as she had two break points in the opening game but squandered both.