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Sep 12th, 2007, 09:59 AM
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Sania uncertain for Sunfeast Open: Bhupathi


KOLKATA, September 11: Sania Mirza, nursing a wrist injury, will take a final decision on her participation in the next week's $175,000 WTA Sunfeast Open only after reaching here, said Mahesh Bhupathi, who heads tournament promoters 'Globosport'.

Sania, on a roll in the WTA circuit this year, has been troubled by the nagging injury for a long time and aggravated it during her US Open campaign.

"We know she is injured. But she'll definitely travel to Kolkata where she will take the final decision. At this moment, we don't know the extent of her injury," Bhupathi said.

The ace doubles player, however, said Sania as well as the organisers were hoping that her wrists recovers in time so that she takes part in the tournament, which might otherwise lose some of its sheen.

"She will take a final call on participating in the event closer to the tournament. We are hoping that she will play. And I can tell you, she is also hoping the same," he said.

"We're even prepared to delay her opening match if that makes it possible for her to take to the court," Bhupathi said.

Sania, the country' best ever women's tennis star, has zoomed to the 27th spot in WTA rankings after a series of good showings in the last few months.

Equally acclaimed for her on-court aggression, blitz forehand as also her beauty and glamour, Sania had been the biggest crowdpuller in the first two years of the tourney in 2005 and 2006.

Though she lost in the second round in the inaugural year, Sania reached the singles semis last year losing to top seed Swiss Miss Martina Hingis besides lifting the doubles title pairing South African Liezel Huber.

With the tournament hardly drawing a full house in the first two years of its existence despite Sania's presence, the organisers could find the returns from ticket sales harder to come if Sania is forced to opt out.

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