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No safety worries for Oz women

sports Updated: May 16, 2009 23:05 IST
Paresh Mokani

The Australian men were afraid of coming to India but their women are showing them the way. A nation deemed too dangerous by Tennis Australia (TA) to send its Davis Cup team has received a vote of confidence from its women players. Three Aussie players are in India to participate in the $10,000 ITF Futures women's event 21 days after TA felt India was unsafe for a Davis Cup tie.

"This is our first overseas visit," said Marisa Gianotti, 20. "My parents were a bit apprehensive when I decided to play in India. I spoke to event director Dilip Wagh and he assured us that it was absolutely safe."

Gianotti, Kristina Pejkovic, 18 and Binnie Renne, 19, will participate in the event beginning on Monday. “There is no security problem at all,” said Pejkovic, a Melbourne resident. “When we applied to visit India, the Australian embassy told us that it is 'safe to travel on our own risk'. Our embassy advises us not to travel where it is unsafe and they clearly give us instructions to that effect,” said Gianotti who is from Perth. Pejkovic said: “The only problem we have here is not security, but the heat!”