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Old Mar 1st, 2005, 04:53 PM   #61
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Eggy. What makes you support Sania Mirza anyway?
You never show real support for asian players... (unless they are playing Kleinova) ... Seems strange for you to support players that aren't russian!
come on Vixen
you should know by now that i dont always support just Russians
i got around 1000 players i like and when they play Russians i want the Russians to win of course.

pretty pleased for Sania today though been a big fav of hers for a few yrs and even more so since i watched her play Wimby 2003.

Sania is going places
today's win another huge step for her
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Old Mar 1st, 2005, 04:56 PM   #62
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yeah,this is really great!and have you seen those indians??man,i did not think,they could party like that!!but a match against serena would be great too,right?
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Go Sania, the Indian Queen! See her cute pictures at www.indialens.com/sania.htm
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Keep going, Sania! You're the best (or at least, one of them! )
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hi agatha!i would say,this girl has played herself into the hearts today!!definitely!and did you see the interview?she is so friendly and down to earth!!great girl!i wish her all the best!!
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How tall is she? 5'7 1/2" (1.53m) ----what the hell????

There is a mistake on her page on www.wtatour.com

5'7 1/2" is not 1.53m it's more like 1.71m I think
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MAYBE, YOU PEOPLE WOULD BE SURELY KNOWING BY NOW, THAT SANIA HAS SUCCESSFULLY DEFEATED KUZNETSOVA, AND IS UP AGAINST JANKOVIC IN THE QUARTERFINALS.

GO SANIA GO, YOU HAVE TO WIN THIS TOURNAMENT TOO !!!
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Can you guy imagine she's got 55 points just for making it to the Quarter finals. That ups her rank to 85 now.
Here's how she can move up in the Dubai open.

Semi's - 99 points 76th Rank
Finals - 154 points 68th Rank
Winner - 220 points 62nd Rank

Mind boggling !
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Congrats, Sania!

http://www.gotennis.com/news/headlin...eadlineID=5959

Indian Mirza stuns Kuznetsova in Dubai
2005-03-01 19:00:40 GMT (Reuters)

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By Barry Wood

DUBAI, March 1 (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was stunned 6-4 6-2 by 18-year-old Indian Sania Mirza in the Dubai Open second round on Tuesday.

Mirza is attaining film star status in her homeland after becoming the first Indian woman to reach the third round of a Grand Slam in Melbourne last month. She was also the first Indian to win a WTA Tour event, in Hyderabad.

Mirza further underlined her potential against Kuznetsova, recovering from a shaky start to produce a supremely confident performance.

The match initially looked like being a major embarrassment for Mirza, who attracted nearly 5,000 spectators consisting mainly of expat workers to the centre court.

She lost the first game to love in 42 seconds as the fourth-seeded Russian fired two aces, and fell behind 4-0 after suffering an ankle injury.

She received several minutes of treatment but double-faulted twice at 3-0 as she experienced problems serving.

"My ankle was killing me," said Mirza. "It was the third time it has happened in the last three weeks. I was actually crying because I was in so much pain.

"But I took a pain killer and I think it took a couple of games for me to get used to the taping, and the pain killers started working 15 or 20 minutes after that."

The match turned dramatically, however, when Mirza banished her nerves and began to hit the ball sweetly from all angles.

After winning six straight games to take the first set Mirza continued to grow in confidence and forcing a forehand error from Kuznetsova to break in the first game of the second set.

Although the Russian immediately broke back to level at 1-1, she failed two win three game points in the next game before Mirza broke again.

Urged on by the boisterous crowd, Mirza continued to pound the ball at every opportunity and her efforts were rewarded with the best win of her career.

Kuznetsova said she had been caught cold in her first match of the tournament.

"I had pressure and couldn't get into the games," Said Kuznetsova. "She was playing great, but I didn't do what I had to do.

"I didn't attack at all. I had to make her play more points and I had to make her move. I still have so much to learn.

"It's a big upset but I'll try to keep my head up and still work hard."

In other matches, Daniela Hantuchova took advantage of some uncharacteristic errors from sixth seeded Australian Alicia Molik to win 7-6 6-2, while Elena Likhovtseva needed nine match points and two hours 38 minutes to overcome Tunisia's Selima Sfar 2-6 6-2 7-6.

Seventh seed Nathalie Dechy of France struggled before edging past Russian qualifier Vera Douchevina 6-7 6-4 7-6, and Na Li of China beat Japan's Ai Sugiyama 1-6 7-6 6-2.


India's Sania Mirza reacts after beating Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova during the second round of the Dubai Women's Open March 1, 2005. Mirza won 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Anwar Mirza


India's Sania Mirza returns a shot to Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova during the second round of the Dubai Open March 1, 2005. Mirza won 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Anwar Mirza
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Actually, I forgot the 53 Quality points she will get for beating a top 10 and top 40 player. That will update the numbers to.

Current - 108 76th Rank
Semi's - 152 points 67th Rank
Finals - 207 points 63rd Rank
Winner - 273 points 53rd Rank.

Plus don't forget to add more quality points that she would gain for beating other top players on the way. In short "IF" she wins the tournament she could be in the top 50 right away.

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Can you guy imagine she's got 55 points just for making it to the Quarter finals. That ups her rank to 85 now.
Here's how she can move up in the Dubai open.

Semi's - 99 points 76th Rank
Finals - 154 points 68th Rank
Winner - 220 points 62nd Rank

Mind boggling !
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I think this webpage is quiet useful for Sania fans http://specials.rediff.com/sports/sania05.htm
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'My aim is to be a top 50 pro'

August 06, 2003

The tall, slender girl in tiny blue shorts and a pink T-shirt raised an arm gracefully and slammed the ball down on the other side of the net. The young man on the other side simply stood back and looked on admiringly.

</IMG>Watching junior Wimbledon girls' doubles champion Sania Mirza on the tennis courts of Krishna Bhupathi's tennis academy in Kodigehalli, Bangalore, was, in some ways, like viewing a ballet. You simply never get the feeling that tennis is actually a strenuous, sweaty, tough game. Sania makes it all look so elegant and easy.

Looking on was her caring and ever watchful father, Imran Mirza, his eyes full of dreams for his darling eldest daughter. Sania finished her game, walked lightly off the court and threw herself into a chair beside her father. Off the court, Sania is a lively, friendly teenager, who giggles when she talks about her favourite movie stars, just like any other 16-year-old would.

The Indian tennis sensation spoke to M D Riti about her steady rise in the women's ranks, her lifestyle and plans for the future.

Did you ever think you would reach where you did when you started playing tennis?

Definitely, it was a dream. Everyone dreams of playing Wimbledon and winning it. I am glad this dream came true for me so fast in my career. It feels great after so many years of struggle. After all, that is the best tournament in tennis.

What was in your mind in the deciding moments of the Wimbledon final?

I was not tense earlier in the game, but I was really tense at the time of match-point. It was the Wimbledon championship point, and I was returning the ball… I kept breathing deeply and told myself 'Okay, just breathe in and breathe out and see what happens'.

Where do you see yourself going now?

My aim is to be a top 50 tennis woman professional player and stay there for 3-4 years. Let us see how it goes. A lot of factors come into play, like luck and destiny.

Is playing on the international circuit much harder than playing in India?

Definitely. Players on the international circuit, like the Russians and the Europeans, are a lot fitter. They are bigger built and more solid than Indian players. They are definitely tougher. I think it makes you tougher playing with the Europeans and the Russians.

What is your physical training regime like?

I get up at 5.30 – 6 am when I am in Hyderabad and go for physical training. I come home for breakfast after an hour-and-a-half, have breakfast, and by 8 am I am at the tennis courts. I play till about 10.30 am, come back home and do whatever -- studies, catch up on sleep -- and go back to play at 2 pm. I am at the courts until 4.30 pm. After that it's physical fitness again until 6.30 pm. So I do about three hours of physical fitness training in a day. It's all kinds of training: gym 3-4 times a week, some speed work, endurance and agility.

When you travel do you take care to eat the right things?

</IMG>I don't have a diet. I am supposed to have a proper diet, but I don't. I have a tendency to put on weight, but I work out so much that I burn most of it. I am not putting on weight, so I guess I am doing this right. Plus, I have enough stamina as well.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I like being at home because I am hardly at home; I am always travelling. I like staying at home, just watch a movie at home. Surf the Net.

What kind of movies do you like to watch?

Hindi and English. I like Hindi movies.

Who are your favourite stars?

I like Akshay Kumar! [laughs girlishly]; Actresses, I like [giggles] Raveena Tandon.

What surfing do you actually do?

Anything. Usually, I don't have time to do more than check my mail. I also see tennisindia.org. That's a good site. That's about it. I don't actually surf more than that.

Do you read? Listen to music?

No, I don't like reading. As for music, I listen to it, but not a lot of it. I like rap and Hindi. I have been liking Hindi for the past six months or so.

Do you have a large circle of friends in Hyderabad?

Not large. I am hardly in Hyderabad, and it is hard for me to stay in touch with many people. It's not a large circle, maybe just 4-5 of us.

All girls?

Well, mine is a girls' school.

Have you made any friends on the international tennis circuit?

Definitely. I have a lot of friends. We just meet for one week and then everyone is off to their own countries and their own world. Everyone is really friendly on the tennis circuit.

Do you wish, looking at players from countries with better tennis facilities, that you had access to that kind of training?

I have seen the best. I have seen the Bollettieriacademy, I have seen the Van der Meer academy, and these are supposed to be the best in the world. I would certainly like to go to one of them, where the facilities are also good. You definitely cannot compare the Indian facility to these academies, where there are sometimes 50 courts! Maybe they are richer countries; you cannot expect to have that in India.

Do you think tennis is a good sport for children to take up in India?

I think any sport is good, whether it is tennis or cricket. But, definitely, tennis is really catching up India. A lot of girls and boys are playing it here now. I love this sport, I think it's very good; it is very healthy. It's just great!

Do you now see a lot more girls in this game now? Anyone coming up to you and telling you that you inspired them to opt for this game?

Yes, there have been a lot of girls over the past 2-3 years. I don't know whether I have inspired any of them. I doubt that I did.

What kind of food do you like?

I love meat. So I eat meat morning, lunch and dinner. Maybe, for snacks too. I don't touch vegetables. I know that's not very good, but I simply can't stand them! [giggles] Rice, chapatis, all that too. I do eat fruits, but I am very picky about them: I don't like apples and bananas. Not much junk food

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?

I wear everything. Salwars, jeans, pants, everything. I mostly don't have time to wear all that though. I am mostly in my tracks!

What colours do you like?

Black, red and blue.

Where do you see yourself going after you peak in your tennis career?

I like interior decoration, so I might do something in that. I have not thought that far, seriously. I might, at some point, take two years off to study interior decoration. Or I just might, when I am 24 or so, open a tennis academy and just start coaching. It all depends on the circumstances.

Also read:

It is a dream win: Sania

'Playing in India doesn't help a lot at the moment'




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New -- A non commercial website for Sania Mirza's fans (http://www.saniaopen.com)

Ad-free, popup-free, non commerical website on Sania Mirza. Go to http://www.saniaopen.com

[Site is under construction But the forum is open].
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does anyone know if she is scheduled to play in IW or miami?i hope so very much!!!want to see more of her!!
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