Sania, Shikha take to court in Hyderabad
Sunday, February 6, 2005 (Hyderabad):
A day ahead of the Hyderabad WTA Open India's best women tennis players came together for a jugalbandi
Sania Mirza, who is now ranked 132 in the world, spent a good 90 minutes on court on Saturday battling Shikha Uberoi. The practice session would have continued for some more time but for the floodlights failing.
"Pressures are always there. Every match you play, pressures are always there. I do not remember playing a match without pressures. It is much more now," said Sania Mirza, Junior Wimbledon Doubles Champ.
For Shikha, the Hyderabad Open is special for a very emotional reason.
This is the first time Shikha, who is based in the US, will be playing in Indian colours. No wonder, she wants to make the Hyderabad Open week her own.
"Physically, I would not be feeling much because I would still be playing tennis. But mentally and emotionally, I would be feeling lot more pride and motivation and hope to inspire more tennis players, especially girls all over India," said Shikha Uberoi, tennis player.
With her ankle not 100 per cent alright, Sania will be on painkillers while playing the Open.
Both she and Shikha figure in the main draw and will hope to garner some crucial points to move up the ranks.
The Indian line-up at Hyderabad reveals one thing. That Hyderabad Open is not the adolescent tournament it was two years back.
In its third edition, it has become India's premier tournament for women to show their class on the international stage.