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Me and Peer are here to play tennis

Sania Mirza says her partnership with Shahar Peer is purely a tennis matter and she is not making statements.

sports Updated: Jun 29, 2007 19:48 IST

Sania Mirza has scoffed at the controversy around her partnering Israeli Shahar Peer at Wimbledon, saying it was purely a tennis matter and she was "not making any statement".

The 20-year-old Indian and her women's doubles partner have been bombarded with questions about their Muslim-Jew pairing in London.

And Sania, who has been at the receiving end of such hyperbolic reporting before, was unimpressed.

"We are playing doubles together, period. I have a good forehand, she has a good backhand. That's all we care about at this point," Sania said.

"We really don't care whether she's from Israel or I'm from Pakistan. It matters whether we win a match or not.

"We're playing tennis, we're not making statements. We're just here to play tennis and we're here to perform and be the best we can be.

"Everything we do or everything we say, we're normal human beings, and we're not here to make statements with every move that we make.

"Me and Shahar are playing just like the way me and Eva Birnerova played the French Open, just like the way I played with anyone else the last six weeks.

First Published: Jun 29, 2007 13:59 IST