HAVING MADE India proud at the Asian Games, Sania Mirza is aiming for greater glory, for herself and the country, when she makes her Olympic debut at the Beijing Games next year.
"It is going to be my first Olympics. I hope I can stay healthy and do well at the Games," Sania, who has a team gold, a singles silver and two mixed doubles bronze from the 2006 Doha and the 2002 Busan Asian Games under her belt, said on the sidelines of a promotional event on Monday.
"Olympics is going to be a new level, a world level, from the Asian Games. I have also not played in China, so I am already excited about it."
The 20-year-old said tennis was not all about becoming a top-10 or number one player. For her, rankings mattered only so much.
"There is so much depth that ranking doesn't hold much ... tennis is much more. If I beat Justine Henin, it wouldn't make me a number one player. But what would matter is I beat the best player on that particular day," she said.
So, does she fancy beating Henin? After all, she has beaten former world number one Martina Hingis twice already.
"If I have a choice, I will beat Henin. I want to beat the best. Beating Martina Hingis has given me the belief that I can beat the best," she said.
The Hyderabad girl played down the Silver Exempt she has received for 2008 by virtue of her world ranking of 27 at the end of US Open this year.
"It is not as big a deal as everyone makes it out to be," she said.