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Asian Games, CWG important to gauge India's standing: Sania
PTI
Panaji, December 12, 2013
First Published: 11:17 IST(12/12/2013)
Last Updated: 18:47 IST(15/12/2013)

Tennis player Sania Mirza feels that events like the Asian and Commonwealth Games are important in understanding India's standing in sports other than cricket.

"Events like Lusofonia Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games are important as they help us a lot in understanding how good India is at sports other than cricket," Sania told PTI on the sidelines of an event to unveil the mascot for the upcoming Portuguese commonwealth games in Goa.

"It builds great sportsmanship and friendship between the countries," she added.

Sania was in Goa earlier this week along with iconic athlete Milkha Singh as part of the event which is a precursor to Lusofonia Games scheduled for January 2014.

"Events like these (Lusofonia Games) are the only place where players from all countries live and practice together. This is great for a country like India to understand other sports and players from other countries," she said.

Around 12 countries will participate in Lusofonia Games to be held across six stadia in the coastal state, the former Portuguese colony.

On her career, Sania said, "Having had a great year with 5 doubles titles, I cherish the fact that despite injury and three surgeries performed, and changing many partners, it clicked for me...I did work hard and the chemistry with my doubles partner worked".

On partnering with a Chinese player, she said "it was a tough decision to move to Cara (Black). We are doing well and haven't lost any match yet. We are hoping to do better".

"She is in Hyderabad right now and we are going to prepare together. We need to work on fine tuning things and we need to win a lot of tournaments," she said.


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