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Sania confident of a good season ahead

Mirza says she has matured as a player now and is working hard on some grey areas of her game.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 16:41 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Tennis sensation Sania Mirza expressed confidence over her fitness levels, barring a minor problem with her wrist and hopes to have a good season ahead despite her fall in rankings.

"My fitness levels are fine now. Only that I have some problem with my wrist as it hurts on and off", Sania told reporters during a promotional programme.

Sania, the solitary WTA title holder in the country, said she has matured as a player now and was working hard on some grey areas of her game.

"Earlier, I only had a (good) forehand. Now I have the entire game with me so is also the competition getting tougher," Sania, who slipped to 70 in the world ranking due to not so impressive recent performances, said.

Brushing aside the talk of the form, the former Wimbledon junior doubles champion said, "in the game there are going to be ups and downs. The rankings go up and come down. I am concerned about my game and I am enjoying playing it."

Sania said she did not feel that her form was as bad as being projected by the media.

"I am enjoying the game .. There is bound to be some ebb and flow. Two years back no one expected me to break into world top 50. I may or may not win a Grand Slam even but still I enjoy the game," she said.

Though Sania had come down in rankings, she feels that she has improved on her serve, fitness and could infuse variations into her game.

"Earlier, I was very offensive and that was my biggest weapon. Now I had added some tactical variations which did give some good results," she said.

When asked how could the rankings tumble when her game has improved, she said, "in the international circuit, everyone gets to know his or her opponents' game and plan their game accordingly. I did not have a good season. Though I lost lot of matches there is much I can do in the days to come".

When asked about playing doubles and mixed doubles, she said, "I'm nineteen and it is not time to think about playing doubles. I will be playing in the singles circuit for some more time."

On the Doha Asian Games, Sania said she has little choice and was willing to play with any one.

Asked about playing alongside Leander Paes, she said, "I had played with him earlier and I have no objection playing with anyone."

First Published: Sep 15, 2006 16:41 IST