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Sania, Somdev spearhead strong Indian challenge

Sania Mirza and Somdev Devvarman would look to improve their Grand Slam singles records even as veterans Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi eye their first major title together after rejoining forces when the Wimbledon Tennis championships start on Monday.

sports Updated: Jun 19, 2011 12:07 IST

Sania Mirza and Somdev Devvarman would look to improve their Grand Slam singles records even as veterans Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi eye their first major title together after rejoining forces when the Wimbledon Tennis championships start on Monday.

Sania and Somdev have had a reasonably good season so far with their singles ranking improving considerably.

From 108 at the start of the year, Somdev is now sitting pretty at 68 while Sania has also taken long strides to be at 60 from 166.

In the doubles she is enjoying a career-best rank of 14 following the runner-up show at the French Open.

Somdev's has been a curious case of inconsistency as on his day he has beaten tough customers but has turned up ordinary on other days.

Just before the Wimbledon, Somdev snapped his streak of losing five consecutive first round matches and scored a morale boosting win over world number 33 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in Eastbourne only to lose to Julien Benneteau.

It is for the first time that Somdev will feature in the singles main draw of Wimbledon. Last year, he had fallen in the second round of the qualifiers.

Out of five attempts, he has scored only one victory in Grand Slam events. And he would surely look to improve on that count as he is pitted against Germany's 110th ranked Denis Gremelmayr.

If he clears the first round hurdle, he could be up against Russian 18th seed Mikhail Youzhny.