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Any seeded player can beat anyone in women's draw: Sania

sports Updated: Oct 02, 2010 17:47 IST
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She is seeded as high as number two in a depleted field, but Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is not ready to take a medal for granted when the sport makes its debut at the Commonwealth Games on Monday in New Delhi.

Sania says it is unfortunate that star players such as French Open finalist Samantha Stosur of Australia are not coming to compete but asserts that players, who are in draw can play exciting tennis.

"Even Stosur lost in the first round of the Wimbledon. So any one of the eight seeded players here can beat anyone. Women's tennis is such, any player can beat anyone," Sania said after a one-hour practice session under bright sun at the R K Khanna Tennis stadium in New Delhi.

Stosur, as world number six, had lost to world number 80 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia at the Grass court Grand Slam after putting up one of her best performances on red clay.

Russian world number 65 Anastasia Rodionova is the top seed in the women's singles and next best is Sania at 131. And since there are only 28 direct entries, four top seeds have got a first round bye.

"It's good to have stars in a draw such as Stosur,(Lleyton) and Hewitt but what can you do. It's unfortunate Stosur is not coming," she said asking back "are you not excited to see the field?"

Talking about the players in the draw, Sania said she has not played for long against the Australian top seed and had recently beaten third seed British Katie O'Brien (ranked 152nd) in Guangzhou.

Asked about her fitness ahead of the competition, she said, "Little things are always there. But I am hoping, I will be up there by Monday. I won't mind taking painkillers to play if the need arises."

Initially, it was said that Sania will not compete in the women's doubles but now she has been paired with Rushmi Chakravarthy as India made two entries.