Sania is top seed at Morocco Open
She is the first Indian to be seeded number one after being given top billing in both the singles and doubles competitions.sports Updated: May 14, 2007 17:24 IST
Sania Mirza has become the first Indian to be seeded number one in a WTA event after she was given top billing in both the singles and doubles competitions of the $145,000 Morroco Open starting on Monday.
The Indian ace, who was out of action for the past two months due to a knee injury, makes her return to court in the Tier IV event and will take on a qualifier, who is yet to be decided in the first round of singles.
In the doubles competition, the 20-year-old has teamed up with American Vania King and the duo will take on the unseeded Russian-Ukrainian pair of Alla Kudryavtseva and Olga Savchuk in the opening round of the clay-court event.
Also in the competition is US-based Neha Uberoi, who has reached the last-four stage of qualifiers and will take on Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania on Monday.
Neha will also compete in the doubles competition, teaming up with Italian Silvia Disderi against the Canadian-Russian combination of Stephanie Dubois and Alina Jidkova in the opening round.
First Published: May 14, 2007 16:58 IST