India has exceptional talent to look forward to in future, says Sania Mirza

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India has exceptional talent to look forward to in future, says Sania Mirza

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SportsCafe Desk

02/14/2018

Sania Mirza has heaped praise on the young players for their heroics in the tennis world by saying that India has an exceptional bunch of talented players who can be the future stars of the country. She also hopes that the Indian contingent will put up a good show at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Sania Mirza has been out of action since October 2017 after suffering a knee injury that forced her to miss the 2018 Australian Open. Even in her absence, Indian tennis was part of the news very often, as the rising young talents like Sumit Nagal, Yuki Bhambri, Ankita Raina, Prarthana Thombre, and Karman Kaur Thandi kept on making names for themselves and the country.

Speaking on the rising Indian stocks, Sania said, “ India has exceptional talent to look forward to.”

Sumit Nagal won his first ATP Challenger Trophy in Bengaluru last year. Yuki Bhambri qualified for the Australian Open main draw for the third time in his career. But the girl who stole the show from everyone has been Ankita Raina. The 25-year-old defeated China’s Zhu Lin in the Federation cup singles match in straight sets. She also won her tie against Hong Kong’s Ling Zhang and also Chinese Taipei's Chieh-Yu Hsu in her other matches. But the most shocking result of the Federation Cup was her win against Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva, who is ranked 27 in the world.  She defeated Yulia 6-3,1-6,6-4 in her singles match.

"There is Ankita Raina who had a couple of good wins at Fed Cup. There is Prarthana Thombare who plays at my academy in Hyderabad. There is Karman Kaur Thandi and she is really good. These are the girls that you are looking at in the future," said Sania, reported ANI

Sania Mirza who now wants to return to playing tennis after recovering from her injury, said, “I am not pain-free but I am not in pain all the time. It's called a Jumper's Knee. I have a growth on my knee as well. So, it is something that is a slow process. I need to wait it out and rest it out. For an injury like this, it has only been three and a half months, it will probably take a couple of months. I wish I had a timeline on it. My immediate goal is to try and be healthy; to try to get back on the court." 

"Most definitely. I just don't know in what way. I have my own academy, so that will definitely be one way to stay involved," said the 31-year-old when asked about her post-retirement plans.

 With the Commonwealth Games scheduled to kick off from April 4 in Gold Coast, Australia, the 6 time Grand slam winner said, "We have done really well at Commonwealth Games. We always come back with a lot of medals and I would like to wish them all the best. I hope that they come back with more than they did last time."

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