Sania ropes in Spanish coach for French Open

Updated on May 26, 2007 04:47 PM IST
Sania Mirza has roped in reputed Spanish coach Gabriel Urpi to help in her campaign at the French Open starting on Sunday.
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PTI | By, New Delhi

Sania Mirza has roped in reputed Spanish coach Gabriel Urpi to help in her campaign at the French Open starting on Sunday.

Sania will be guided on a temporary basis during the Grand Slam fortnight by Urpi, a former ATP Tour player who worked with women's singles champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and currently tied up with WTA players Flavia Pannetta and Virginia Ruano Pascual, who has 37 doubles titles to her credit.

The last time Sania sought guidance from a renowned coach was from the legendary Tony Roche before the start of 2006 season.

Meanwhile, the Indian fans would have to wait for a while to see Sania pair up with Mahesh Bhupathi on the Grand Slam stage.

The combined doubles ranking of the two players — Sania is currently ranked 37th and Bhupathi 23rd — is unlikely to get them into the main draw of the mixed doubles for which the cut-off is expected to be around 56.

"But they definitely hope to play together in Wimbledon," Sania's father Imran Mirza said.

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