Having returned to the top-10 in the world on Monday after the Brussels Open win, Sania Mirza's ranking will take a beating after the first round defeat in the French Open.
Unable to defend the all-important 1400 points to stay in the top-10 till the Olympics cut-off date (June 11), the question now is, will Sania be able to play in London? “To be on the safe side we had applied earlier in the year to the ITF’s Olympic Committee for a wildcard for Sania if her ranking had dropped by the deadline,” said All India Tennis Association’s Tennis Advisory Committee member Rohit Rajpal. “If she does get a wildcard, only then can she participate in the women’s and mixed doubles.”
“We hope AITA pushes for the wildcard,” said Imran, Sania’s father, from Paris. Sania had earlier said she would prioritise playing doubles this year to be able to qualify for London.
Sania and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands bowed out to Nina Bratchikova of Russia and Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania 3-6, 6-4, 5-7 on Tuesday.