Mirza at the double


Exclusive by Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd

sania mirzaSania Mirza will not be competing in the singles event at Eastbourne, as the Indian icon has shifted her focus onto doubles.

However, Mirza is hoping that she will be awarded a singles wildcard entry at the 2012 London Olympics.

Mirza, who has tumbled down the WTA Tour Singles rankings, hovering around the world no200 mark, has stated that she will not play singles again until Wimbledon hosts the Games.

Ever since I have given up on my singles career, my performance in doubles matches has been really good.

“I even reached a Doubles career-best seventh in the world, and that’s why I’ve decided to concentrate solely on Doubles.”

The 25-year-old is set to team up with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi for the reintroduced Mixed Doubles at the Olympic Games.

Mirza’s results at Doubles and Mixed Doubles events have been spectacular, and she believes that since she temporarily abandoned singles that her doubles game has dramatically improved.

Surprisingly Mirza claimed just one Singles title – back in 2005 – yet has been crowned Doubles champion 13 times on the WTA Tour.

The Indian superstar has suffered with persistent multiple injuries over the past few years and she has had injury-prone fitness problems since 2011.

Tennis and the surgeries take a lot out of you. I realized at the start of the year that keeping my physical state in mind, it was impossible for me to pursue a career in both singles and doubles.”

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