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'I'm one of the worst servers in tennis'

Sania's serve proved the proverbial Achilles' heel as she went down 6-7 (0/7) 4-6 to the Wimbledon champion after putting up a spirited fight.

sports Updated: Jan 20, 2008 15:09 IST

Sent packing from the Australian Open after her straight set third round defeat against the big-hitting Venus Williams, Sania Mirza today admitted she counts among the worst servers in the game.

Once again, Sania's serve proved the proverbial Achilles' heel as she went down 6-7 (0/7) 4-6 to the eight seeded former Wimbledon champion after putting up a spirited fight.

"Obviously, I'm a little disappointed because I felt I had the first set and should have closed it out at 5-4," the 31st seed said after her match against Venus which lasted a little over one and a half hours.

"I think we always knew that she's one of the best servers in the game, and I'm really not. I mean, I'm very critical about my game. I think I'm one of the worst servers in the game," Sania said.

The 21-year-old fought hard in the match and felt despite the loss, she could take away a lot of confidence for future matches.

"I take a lot of positives out of it. I mean, she's supposed to be one of the biggest hitters of the game, and I was outhitting her. And I think that's a very good thing for me, for my confidence," she said.

"Obviously I stepped it up in the last couple of days. She just pressed on the gas pedal when she needed to, and I didn't. I think that was the difference. But I think I was in it till the end."

The 21-year-old said she was happy to have held her own against Williams, who lauded the Indian's tenacity.

"She was definitely trying to dictate terms, so I just stuck with playing my game and didn't change it," said Venus.

"I think ultimately I had a little more than her and it helped me in the end. I'm definitely serving very well," the 27-year-old added after the hard-fought victory.

Sania sidestepped queries on the pre-tournament controversies which dogged her and said she was only focusing on playing for her country.

"In my eyes I'm representing my country all the time," she said.

"I'm from India. Everyone knows I'm from India. I'm playing for my country. Yes, it's an individual sport and everything, but I think people associate us by our country," she added.