Bling and glam are words that describe Sania Mirza best. Sporting a grey tee, blue denims and diamond rings, the tennis sensation felt pretty much at home at the DLTA, the courts she used to once play various domestic tournaments on.
"It's nostalgia. You couldn't have not played on these courts if you were a player in India," Sania said, tossing her straight mane over her shoulders. "I've grown up on these courts and it feels great coming back here."
From the moment she walked in as chief guest of the Fenesta National tennis finals (after holding up the men's final for a few minutes) till the time she left, she was constantly posing for photographs and signing autographs on T-shirts, tennis balls and whatever scrap of paper one could collect.
Having recently undergone an arthroscopic surgery on her left knee, the 24-year-old feet she should be up and running in the next 4-6 weeks. "What I'm more concerned about now is rehab. I'll be having a trainer coming in from SA to help me with rehabilitation," Sania told HT, helping herself to some tandoori chicken.
"I hope to start practice soon. If I can manage to play a few events in December, I will, but my aim is January."
She's had a good year in doubles with victories in Indian Wells and Charleston. She finished runner-up in Roland Garros with Russian partner Elena Vesnina. Having cracked the top-10 in doubles ranking, the Indo-Russian duo was placed 4th in the race to the yearend WTA Championships in Istanbul. The duo will be seen together next year too. The one question which repeatedly keeps popping up is whether her injuries would hamper her game.
"I hope to make a comeback like I've done earlier," she said grinning. "I'm physically fit to play both singles and doubles."