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Tennis

‘My body won’t be able to handle singles and doubles’
Sharmistha Chaudhuri, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 01, 2013
First Published: 23:33 IST(1/2/2013)
Last Updated: 23:35 IST(1/2/2013)

A strained right hip may have caused her to opt out of the Fed Cup in Kazakhstan but Sania Mirza didn't let that deter her.

The 26-year-old, accompanied by mother Naseema, was present at the DLTA complex on Friday to cheer on the rookies.

Not only has the strained iliacus muscle (which occurred during the mixed doubles quarterfinals at the Australian Open) caused her to opt out of the women's team event, but also from the ongoing Pattaya Open where the Indian was the defending champion.

"I'm looking forward to Doha next which starts in two weeks' time," Sania said.

Turning heads
Subtly dressed in ochre and black, the two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champ turned many heads during the day.

Teamed up with best friend on tour and tennis world’s Lady Gaga, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the Indo-American won the opener in Brisbane.

However, they made a quick exit in Melbourne. "See, results come and go. We've started well and hope to carry on that momentum in the upcoming tournaments," Sania explained.

Last season she was toying with the idea of making a comeback in singles where her career-best rank was No 27.

"I tried singles during practice. But I had to conclude because my body wouldn't be able to handle 30 weeks of singles and doubles on the tour. So, for now, I think I will concentrate on doubles," she clarified.

Tennis academy
But what's got the girl from Hyderabad really excited is her tennis academy. "We hope to launch very soon because the project is in its finishing stages. The nine hardcourts are up but we want to add three more in clay. It's a dream, which is coming true," she said animatedly.

“We'll be targeting rural and urban areas for trainees and they will benefit from foreign coaches and trainers periodically.”


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