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Sania kicks off season with World Team Challenge

Sania Mirza gets an opportunity to assess her form when the Indian tennis star competes in World Team Challenge tournament, kicking off in Hong Kong tomorrow.

sports Updated: Jan 06, 2009 23:22 IST

Sania Mirza gets an opportunity to assess her form and recovery from a career threatening wrist injury when the Indian tennis star competes in World Team Challenge tournament, kicking off in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

The event will also help the Indian ace prepare for the first Grand Slam of the year -- the Australian Open -- as the tournament features the big wigs of women's tennis, including world number one Jelena Jankovic and multiple-Grand Slam winner American Venus Williams.

"Coming back from a career-threatening injury makes it very special to be back," Sania said.

The event pits three top players from Europe, Russia, America and Asia-Pacific against each other.

Sania will represent Asia Pacific along with team captain China's Zheng Zie, who became the first player from her country to reach Wimbledon semifinals last year, and local player Zhang Ling.

The tournament will kick off with a match between number one players from the Asia-Pacific zone and top seeds Russia -- Zheng Jie and Vera Zvonareva.

Sania as number two player of the team will play the second singles against her nemesis and world number 18 Ana Chakvetadze.

Sania has never won a match against Chakvetadze, who emerged winner in all their four meetings so far, including the third round of US Open in 2007.