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We can win a medal in London Olympics: Sania

sports Updated: Dec 13, 2009 21:57 IST

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Inclusion of mixed doubles event in the London Olympics has come as fresh motivation for Sania Mirza to continue playing and the Indian tennis ace feels it would be best opportunity for India to win a medal.

The International Olympic Committee had recently given its nod to the mixed doubles event for the 2012 Summer Games.

"I am excited because we probably have the best chance of getting a medal in mixed doubles. I think that has put a halt to my retirement plans now," Sania said.

The Hyderabadi though parried a question on who she would like to partner out of two legendary Indian players -- Leander Paes or Mahesh Bhupathi.

"I'm very lucky to be (playing) in this generation, to have the opportunity to be around Mahesh and Leander, two of the best doubles players of all times. I am very excited.

"2012 is a long way off. I think whoever is playing better (will be the one). We have to see whether I am fit and who's fit. We'll have to wait and watch," Sania, who won Australian Open mixed double title with Bhupathi, told ESPN Mobile.

Sania also said that it was a brilliant opportunity for the other female players of the country and urged them to grab it.

"This is definitely very important. It doesn't happen overnight. We still have a few years," she said.