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Gritty Sania back in limelight

V. V. Subrahmanyam
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Winning combination: Tennis players Sania Mirza and Vishnu Vardhan after winning their mixed doubles quarterfinals at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, on Saturday. -Photo: PTI
Winning combination: Tennis players Sania Mirza and Vishnu Vardhan after winning their mixed doubles quarterfinals at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, on Saturday. -Photo: PTI

For Sania Mirza, who was on antibiotics to fight indisposition, it is a dream run in the ongoing Asian Games in Guangzhou. The tennis star from the city has assured India of two bronze medals. As if to prove that her singles silver in the recent CWG was not a flash in the pan, Sania, still the best women's tennis player from India, entered the singles semi-finals shocking fourth-seeded Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn on Saturday. And, more importantly, late in the evening, she combined with local boy J. Vishnuvardhan to enter the mixed doubles semi-final.

Well, Sania's singles performance is yet another reminder of her fighting qualities. But the beauty of the day's wonderful display was she guided the young Vishnuvardhan from Secunderabad in the mixed doubles. Apparently, Sania was not sure who would be her partner for anyhow she was willing to play with anyone. And, true to her champion spirit, she was more focussed on the court and the result was that this duo is now assured of a tennis bronze, irrespective of what the result will be tomorrow when they take on the top-seeded combine.

“Initially, I was a bit stiff but as the match progressed I moved into the groove,” she told her father Imran from China. “Definitely, nothing can be more satisfying than winning the gold and I will go all out for that,” the star player said.


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