Good show in doubles aids singles too: Sania

first_imgWhile it may be a fact that Sania Mirza’s biggest success so far this year have come in doubles, her singles career has also come back on the rails in a big way, and the Indian ace believes both aspects are feeding off each other very well.The WTA rankings bear testimony to that – having spent a major part of the last couple of years outside the top 100, Sania is now 60th in the world in singles and 14th in doubles.”It probably works both ways. The doubles helps your singles by adding to your confidence and improving certain aspects of your game and wins in singles help you in your doubles as well,” Sania told MAIL TODAY.It has been more than a week since she lost the opportunity to become the first Indian to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam when she and her partner Elena Vesnina lost to Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the French Open final. But Sania is still thanking her stars that she is playing at all.”I’ve had a wonderful half year in 2011, moving up more than a 100 spots in singles and I’ve been fortunate to do well in doubles as well. I feel blessed that I was able to come back from a career threatening injury — I have always maintained that if I could stay away from injuries for a prolonged period of time, everything else would fall into place and by the grace of the Almighty I have managed to play without a break for one full year,” she said.advertisementThere are a few milestones that Sania considers most memorable as she strives to make it back into the top-50 in the world.”I played the quarter-finals in Guangzhou (International Women’s Open) in September 2010, a few months before I won through the qualifying and reached the last- eight stage in Charleston in April.”Before that I played the semi-finals in Osaka (October 2009), semis in Birmingham (June 2009) and was runner-up in Pattaya (Feb 2009). I also played the quarter-finals in Hobart in 2008.”I think I am getting back to playing at my best now after my most recent comeback. I feel privileged to be currently the highest ranked Asian in doubles. I had achieved the honour of being the highest ranked Asian in singles a couple of years back and these are personal milestones that inspire me to work harder,” Sania said.Talking about her preparations for the women’s doubles at Wimbledon, which begins next week, Sania said: “Vesnina and I have had a phenomenal half year on hard courts as well as clay and if we continue to do well and both stay away from injuries, we could keep playing together for a while.”But nothing comes easy in a truly global professional sport and past records don’t count for much once you enter the court, particularly in a Grand Slam. But I think we are good enough to have at least an even chance against any doubles team in the world.” Asked about her expectations from the singles, Sania downplayed her chances.”My expectations for every tournament have constantly remained the same over the years! I expect myself to give my best and leave the rest to God,” she said.Wimbledon is also going to be the venue for tennis at the London Olympics next year, where mixed doubles makes a return.And in preparation, she will team up with Rohan Bopanna for the mixed doubles this year. “I am a Grand Slam winner in mixed doubles and I love to play in the event whenever my ranking is good enough and when I’m feeling fit enough to compete in three events,” she said.last_img

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