tatesman News Service
SILIGURI, Nov. 29. — Tennis star Sikha Uberoi feels that the media should not promote tennis as a whole and not just a player. Soon after her arrival here today, Sikha, who played her first event as an “Indian” at the $170,000 Volvo Open in Thailand in February this year, said that she had no objection to the attention that Sania Mirza was getting but she wanted the media to focus on the development of the game in India over the past few years.
Sikha, said: “Sania deserves the honour that she is getting but there are others like Ankita Bamri and Moushumi Chakravorty whose achievements should be highlighted.” She said that China has 11 players among the top 50 in the world mainly because they promote all talented players and not just one. Asked why she did not join films like her uncle Suresh Oberoi and her cousin Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, Sikha smiled and said: “I think Vivek should have played tennis as there are more tennis players in our family than film stars.”
Sikha, who drove down to Siliguri from Darjeeling this evening, said: “I have traveled all over the world but nothing has ever made me feel as wonderful as Darjeeling did.”
Sikha sweated it out for over an hour at the Himalayan Tennis Academy after her arrival here and said she was immensely impressed by the setting and kids there.
The tennis star, who left India at the tender age of four and was brought up in the US, said she wanted to become world no. 1 in the coming years. She said she was working hard on both the mental and the tactical aspects of her game and hoped to improve her ranking very soon.