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Updated: June 11, 2012 21:16 IST

Sania slips to 12th spot, depends on wild card for Olympics

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File photo: Sania Mirza
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File photo: Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza today slipped to 12th spot in the doubles list of the WTA charts, thus failing to secure the top-10 ranking that was needed to book a berth at the London Olympics.

Sania would now have to depend on a wild card to get an entry into the Games.

The top-10 rankings in doubles in both the men and women categories are eligible for direct qualification for the quadrennial event.

Today was the cut-off date set by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for direct qualification on the basis of the rankings.

Only Leander Paes, among the Indians, is expected to get a direct entry at the London Games as he may retain his top-10 ranking in the ATP doubles table.

But who between Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi would partner Paes or whether India would field two teams during the Olympics, will be decided by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) selection committee, which is scheduled to meet on Friday.

The ITF, on its part, has set June 21 as the deadline to confirm the entry of eligible players for the Olympics.

AITA will try to get a wild card for Sania as she has failed to make it to the mega event on merit. Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg and Liechenstein’s Stephanie Vogt have already been offered two of the four wild cards.

Meanwhile, even as Sania and Bhupathi’s victory at the French Open mixed doubles event has made them the favourite pair to be fielded in London, Paes could still be chosen to team up with the Hyderabadi girl.

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ITF or IOC whoever is responsible for giving wild cards are really working on some sild goose chase or something in giving those wild card spots for those who didbn't qualify in top ten like Sania. I just checked WTA rankings and found that Royg and Vogt who have been offered wild cards are way below Sania in rankings. Matter of fact their rankings are in the 230 range like 231 and 237. So is this another corrupt practice in IOC or ITF as usual and then blame everything on corruption in India? It is just ridiculous and outlandish to say the least.Let them give us all a sound reasoning for picking 231 and 237 ranks as wild card unless they pick like wild goose or something as the name itself suggests.

from:  Krish
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012 at 03:24 IST

How about Sania & Mahesh in the mixed doubles and Bopanna @ Paes for the men's doubles to represent India in the London Olympics?

from:  Krish
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012 at 01:51 IST
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