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Old Aug 24th, 2007, 05:51 AM   #61
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Neeru Bhatia, Mathew T. George and Lalita Iyer

Sania Mirza is back-leaner, fitter, faster and better than ever before
With apologies to author-philosopher Will Durant: some are born with dreams, some acquire dreams and some have dreams thrust upon them. Until recently, critics thought that Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza belonged to the last category. The story was that Imran Mirza and his wife, Nasima, were watching a Steffi Graf-Conchita Martinez duel when they decided to make their little girl a tennis star. So Sania, who grew up to adore Steffi, would run out of steam as it was not her dream, the critics reasoned.

When Sania made it to the 31st rank in October 2005, some of the detractors fell silent. Very soon she lost the surprise element; opponents studied her and started picking holes in her game. Then came the nosedive to rank 66, followed by a surgery on her right knee.
In March this year, as Sania was wheeled out from Hyderabad's Apollo Hospital after the surgery, the odds were stacked against her. Ranked 46 then, most thought this would be yet another 2006-where early exits and rare wins saw her slip in the Womens Tennis Association rankings.

Three months since her come back in May 2007, Sania-at rank 29 in August-has joined an exclusive club of Indian tennis greats like Vijay Amritraj and Ramesh Krishnan. In fact, after Krishnan was ranked 23 in June 1987, Sania is the first Indian to break into the top 30.

The official website of the WTA tour ranked her sixth, after the recent East West Bank Classic Championship, in the WTA's newly introduced Power Index. It is designed "to recognise the hardest hitting, most powerful players on the tennis tour." The ratings are based on the total analysis of a player's fastest shots during a match including first and second serves, groundstroke (forehand or backhand), first and second-serve returns and smash. The final score is an average of all six individual statistics.

Sania maintained consistency and featured in the top 10 of the index throughout the four-week stretch of the US Open series. Added to that, top-ranking players described Sania's forehand as one of the biggest on the tour.

The post-rehab Sania is fitter, stronger and smarter on court with her win-loss record at 25-14. Experts are happy not just about the results, but also about her remarkable improvement in fitness and mobility. During Sania's lean times on court, Imran had said that she had the talent to counter the opponent's strategy; all she lacked was the swiftness to reach the ball on time.

But her progress was so fast that Imran-the head of Team Sania-had to change plans of fielding her in Tier III and IV tournaments and pushed her to Tier II and I.
Veterans have been noticing the change as well. According to former Davis Cup player Jaideep Mukherjea, "She's getting behind the ball and taking time to hit it-all that is because she is physically so much more fit."

The major improvements have been in her court coverage and a much powerful cross-court forehand. Much of the initial rawness in her game has disappeared to be replaced by measured and balanced responses. Her volley, which was at times called a cross between a half-hearted jab and a swipe, now packs considerable punch.
Says Mahesh Bhupathi, who recently won his 40th doubles title: "It is all about progression. Last year, at this time, people were wondering whether she would graduate from the top 70 to top 50. Now it is whether she will make it to the top 20 or 15. She is maturing as a player and has got a good four to five years of tennis left to look forward to." His firm Globosport manages Sania.

Sania's time off the court was mostly spent in the gymnasium and swimming pool her father built for her in their Jubilee Hills home in Hyderabad. Intense training and rehab sessions with South African trainer Heath Matthews saw her recover strength and endurance. Matthews has been with her from the Australian Open this year and his brief to her was crisp-shed the fat and improve court-coverage.

Reportedly, Matthews focused on cardio-vascular fitness, which gave power and strength to Sania's sprints on court. Being a power player, fast recovery is the key to her game, especially against resilient opponents who stick to the backcourt.
Another close observer of Sania's game is veteran coach and player Akhtar Ali. He has been Imran's advisor from the start of Sania's career. "I saw her after the surgery and she had just started to practice on clay," he says. "It was amazing to see her facing the ball so well. I wish she had done all this hard work seven to eight years ago. What Maria Sharapova started at nine, Sania started at 19. No wonder Sharapova has a 10-year head start. Sania's strategy has clearly improved, most importantly her first serve percentage has gone up."

Among Sania's supporters are former Indian tennis great Ramanathan Krishnan and Mahesh's father Krishna Bhupathi. Krishnan is dismissive of her poor performance last year. "There are ups and downs and it is there in the career of any sportsperson," he says. "She should play more and more against the top-notch players. It would not be long before she would really catch up with them." Krishna Bhupathi supports her all the way. "Why do you call it Sania's return?" he asks. "Where had she gone? She never went anywhere. Those who wrote her off suffer from amnesia. She first moved into the top-30 ranking by virtue of her tennis and by collecting points. The next year was the year of consolidation when she had to defend those points. So, a fall was automatic. It happens to all players. Sania has come back and sustained. In 2005, she did not belong there; she flew into the first 30 ranks by virtue of results. Now, she belongs in that club. It takes 12 to 18 months to consolidate one's position in the top 30. You have to learn how to beat others for five days in a row, not just one or two days. For that you have to be as agile on the last day as you were on the first. Now, Sania will be facing top players like Venus Williams. In the next round, she may have Sharapova. After that, she will have to be fit enough for a Justine Henin. She needs time to get more fit-physically and mentally."

Another common point of agreement is her grit. "I found her a very relaxed yet intense player," says Mukherjea. Former Davis Cup team captain Naresh Kumar says she can win a WTA tour event any day. "She just needs to string her victories," he says. "On her day, she can easily beat any top 10 player."
Apart from the bonus points earned by getting fit, experts insist that there are other factors that might propel her into the top 20 by the end of the season. She has converted her glaring weaknesses into relative strengths, thanks to her Spanish coach Gabriel Urpi who works with her off and on. Not to forget Imran, who ensures that Urpi's instructions are followed.

Her backhand, considered weak by some, is 'reliable' now. Says Ali: "One weapon makes a good player, two a very good player. She has worked on the backhand and is using it very well. She can serve and play at the net more often now."
According to Kumar, Sania's service is still the weak link. But then, Sania herself has said that the serve has never been her weapon. "It is not as good as it should be," Kumar says. "Service is 50 per cent of the game as it opens the court for you to attack. At the top level, she needs to serve cleverly and with good placement."

It is time for Sania to graduate to playing top-10 tennis from top-20 and to do that successfully, she will need to work on her consistency. Despite losing to Martina Hingis once last year, Sania thrashed the her twice thereafter. But her two encounters with Sharapova saw her being wiped out. "Hingis does not have a big weapon like Sharapova," says Kumar. "Hingis's strength is good all-court game. But Sania was unable to attack Sharapova's service."

Kumar agrees that at this stage it is difficult to change her serve-a point reinforced by Sania's former coaches and veterans Bob Brett and Tony Roche. "I think she can add swing to her serve to get more speed," says Kumar. "This can even prevent injury to her arms since she uses power from them for the ground strokes."
Ali says that Sania's weakness is that she hits only three or four balls while Sharapova can hit 10 in a row. Mukherjea's take is that Sania should use her main weapon-her pounding forehand-selectively. "She has to learn to be a little more patient with top players," he adds.

On the personal front, too, Sania has improved. From an attitude which Vijay Amritraj called "disciplined arrogance," she has become more seasoned and judicious. One of her initial controversies came when a priest issued a fatwa saying her attire did not conform to the to Islamic Hijab. A senior Islamic cleric in Hyderabad endorsed this and Sania was branded a "corrupting influence on the youth". Some radical organisations allegedly threatened to disrupt her matches, following which the Kolkata police tightened security during the Sunfeast Open. Sania's response was that her dress on court was a matter of her choice and no one should comment on that.

Another controversy that buffeted her was her take on south Indian actor Kushbhoo's comment on premarital sex. At a leadership summit in Delhi, Sania was quoted as saying that it did not matter whether sex took place before marriage or after; all that mattered was that it should be safe. Effigy burnings and protests followed. A devout Muslim who reportedly never misses her namaaz, Sania explained that she had been misquoted and that pre-marital sex was a sin God would never forgive. It was widely reported that she had played it safe to prevent offending the radical groups a second time.

Then came her alleged refusal to team with Israeli Shahar Peer. Critics termed it a Muslim's opposition to the existence of Israel. Sania laid the rumours to rest by pairing up with Peer to tote up memorable wins.
The worst attack from her home state came when she asked Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy to allot land for setting up a tennis academy. It was alleged that Sania's mother and a former managing director of the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh were the ones pushing for the allotment. Some even went as far as to say that thegovernment had spoiled her by giving over a crore rupees and a residential plot. The issue died a silent death.

Sania has not only made a huge jump in her rankings, she has also climbed a few peaks in life. "Sania is definitely considered a dangerous player on tour," says Bhupathi. "None of the top players want to see her early on in the draws in tournaments."
Does Sania have a boyfriend? "She is playing matches with women and on the circuit she has no time to socialise," says Surath Narendranath, her coach at the GVK Pro Academy in Hyderabad. "But she is like all other teenagers, bubbly and full of attitude. I really do not know if she has a boyfriend. But where is the time?" True, in a world of smashing volleys and swift backhands, she can be forgiven if her only dream is to make it to sub-20 and beyond.
With N. Bhanutej and Kavitha Muralidharan


EXCLUSIVE
INTERVIEW/SANIA MIRZA
Magic formula: work, work and more work
By Neeru Bhatia
Sania Mirza loves playing on hard courts with good reason. Apart from the fact that she likes "medium-fast, not very high bouncing surfaces" to unleash her power-packed ground strokes, the successes she achieved on them this season have boosted her rankings from 38 (in Cincinnati) to 29, the week ending after the East West Bank Classic tournament in Los Angeles. With this, her aim of ending 2007 in the top 20 rankings -looks well within reach.
Currently India's highest-ranked player, Mirza will resume her power-hitting ways after a week's break by featuring in the Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven, Connecticut, as a prelude to her US Open campaign. Returning strongly after a two-month injury break and hungry for more successes at a time when most players are willing their tired bodies to hold on after an exhausting year, it is Advantage Sania. In an interview with THE WEEK, the 20-year-old from Hyderabad talked about her game and the efforts she has put in. Excerpts:

You made a comeback after a tough 2006. Where do you go from here?
I have broken into the top 30. I will continue to work hard, as I have done all through my career.

Were the last four weeks on hard courts satisfying?
Yes, very satisfying.

How would you describe your tennis post-Wimbledon?
I am back to the level I was playing before my knee injury in February.

You spoke recently about the work you put in with your trainer as well as the hours of training in the gym post the knee surgery. What were the changes made in the fitness regime and the training?
Improving one's game is a continuous process and you cannot always pinpoint any single piece of work that churns victories. The only way to succeed in this sport is work, work and more work and there are no short cuts.

How about the training sessions with Gabriel Urpi?
Gabriel identified just a few areas in my game that needed specific work. He is a very seasoned coach and gels well with me and my dad, who has worked on my game throughout my career.

What helps you beat the best?
Work, work and more work is what is required but, still, there are no guarantees to winning titles or beating the best.

You said it was quite exhausting to play week after week against top-ranking players. What do you need to do?
The only magic formula is work and more work and there are no guarantees to success at the highest level in the competitive world of international tennis.

Where is the difference in playing top 20 and top 10 tennis?
You need to hit twice as many winners without making an error to win each point because the ball keeps coming back. At the same time you need to return twice as many potential winners from the top 10 players to hang in at the point.

You spoke about being a complete player now. Can you describe how you went about doing that?
I am an improved player but not a complete one. I have worked hard and that is the only way to go on improving.

Were you ever under pressure after being unable to move a step up last year?
I have always believed in giving my best and leaving the rest to God.

What changes have you brought about while serving in hard court tournaments as compared to the grass court ones?
I have made some changes to my serve and added new dimensions with the help of Tony Roche among others. But my serve on hard courts is not different from that on other surfaces.
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Court case looms for Sania

SANIA Mirza bows out of the Australian Open facing a court case that in theory could land her in prison.

In the past she has been criticised for wearing short skirts and sleeveless tops on court, and before the Australian Open a row flared after she was shown with her bare feet resting near the Indian flag.

A complaint was filed in the Hyderabad High Court demanding action under India's Prevention of Insult to the National Honour Act, which can carry a three-year jail term.

Reports said a hearing had been set for March 3 and Mirza revealed she had considered quitting the game, but instead has decided to deal with the issues.

“Yeah, it is painful, but I'm used to it now,” she said of the accusations, before thinking again.

“No, you know you can never get used to things like that. Of course, it does hurt you, because you are playing for your country. Like I said, I'm a very proud Indian.” – AFP

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Indian star lands feet-first in drama

INDIAN sport is facing a fierce new controversy as ultra-nationalists targeted rising tennis star Sania Mirza after she was photographed at the Hopman Cup in Perth with her bare feet on a table alongside the national flag.

The ultra-nationalists have filed a complaint against the Muslim Mirza, 21, in the Hyderabad High Court, demanding that action be taken against her under the country's stern Prevention of Insult to the National Honour Act which carries a penalty of three years in jail and a fine.

No immediate comment on the move by the ultra-nationalists was available from Mirza, India's most searched for sports star on Google and its first woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam, who hopes to be seeded for the first time at the Australian Open.

Yesterday, sixth-seeded Mirza was knocked out of the Hobart International by Italy's Flavia Pennetta 7-5 1-6 6-3.

Described in local newspapers yesterday as "India's controversy kid of the decade", Mirza is the target of Islamic fundamentalist ire after she was found taking part in an advertising shoot outside Hyderabad's famed Mecca mosque.

Previously, Mirza was targeted in a fatwa for wearing short skirts and sleeveless tops, while effigies of her were burned for alleged remarks - subsequently found to be wrong - that claimed she supported pre-marital sex.

One of the ultra-nationalists bringing the action against Mirza over the barefoot photo was quoted as saying: "Sania is an international star who has influence on a lot of people in India. Her deeds will reflect on her fans. The Indian flag is a symbol of our pride and integrity. Every person - irrespective of caste, creed, religion or sex - must respect it."

He added: "Unless someone takes exception to Sania insulting our flag, no-one will care for our country's honour any more."

India is frequently the setting for court action, such as that initiated against Mirza.

Last year, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty became the target of legal complaints after she was publicly embraced and kissed by actor Richard Gere when both were at an HIV/AIDS fundraising ceremony in Delhi. The campaign against Shetty over the allegation of outraging public morals by kissing in public became so serious she had to get special permission to leave the country.

Mostly, these court actions are no more than an irritant. But they underline the difficulties of being a celebrity in a country of 1.2billion people that includes many extremists, who never tire of moralising about how others conduct themselves.

When, as an 18-year-old, Mirza was targeted by India's Sunni Ulema Board for wearing short skirts and sleeveless shirts, she was asked to "cover up" and "not corrupt young Indian minds". When fundamentalists found her taking part in the advertising shoot outside the Mecca Masjid, she had to write a letter of apology.

Charges in relation to the alleged incident are believed to be still pending.

Legal experts were quoted yesterday as saying that in the flag incident, the ultra-nationalists who had complained against her would need to produce the original and the negative of the photograph "to make sure that the published photograph was not morphed - only then would the case stand".

The Indian Mail Today newspaper quoted those same legal experts as saying: "Sania can breathe easy, at least for now."
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Sania - pay goes up :-

Sania Mirza's victorious streak at the Australian Open with Mahesh Bhupathi seems to have served up aces in a completely different arena - ad circuit.

Sania is set to sign two new ad deals besides an estimated 25- 30 per cent jump in endorsement fee.

"Winning major events such as the Australian Open always has a positive effect.

A couple of new deals with an automotive company and F& B major will be announced very soon," says Anirban Das Blah, VP, Globosport, which handles her account.

Das also confirms that the companies are "offering more and more money" but Sania is focused on getting her ranking back. "She is intent on being fully fit to play her best tennis. Rather than deals, Sania wants to concentrate on the game," adds Das, who feels Sania has a huge year ahead with a line- up of brands.

Ad guru Prahlad Kakkar, on the other hand, feels there is a lot of excitement in the market because of the win Down Under.

"Sania is a young, successful and modern woman which will always put her in good stead. Plus, this Indian victory in an unexpected territory came as a surprise," explains ad whiz Kakkar.

Sania's endorsement kitty boasts of six brands - including Sprite, Deutsche Bank, Adidas, Tata Tea and GVK Industries - with the fee in the range of Rs 1 crore per deal. "The biggest challenge for Sania is to be consistent in her performances.

If she can't be steady, the 'star' status won't be easy to grab like Indian cricketers. She just has to capitalise on this big win now," adds Kakkar.

What's interesting is market experts believe Brand Sania took a beating during her absence from the court due to the injury.

Das, however, refutes it saying the tennis ace renewed deals with Sprite and Deutsche Bank within few months. "If Sachin Tendulkar doesn't perform in two tournaments, Brand Sachin is hardly damaged. The same goes for Sania whose brand value can't be linked to a lull period," says Das.

Also, few marketers believe the economic slowdown will play a spoilsport with Sania as well as Mahesh not to be bombarded with deals as expected after a major win. "No company would like to pump in money at a time when the financial crunch is already putting pressure.

They would rather wait for the dust to settle down before offering deals," says an industry insider.
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Interview with Sania Mirza

On Monday morning Australian Open Grand Slam champions Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza and Yuki Bhambri returned home to a grand welcome. While Mahesh Bhuopthi won his 11th Grand Slam title partnering Sania in the mixed doubles, 16-year-old Yuki Bhambri joined the legendary Krishnans and Leander Paes as a junior Grand Slam champion. Sania left the nightmare of terrible injury behind to pocket her first Grand Slam trophy. The smile is back on her face and she is back to where she belongs. So much promise and so much to relish, Indian tennis has never been so healthier.

Gaurav Kalra: A very warm welcome here on CNN-IBN. A big congratulations to you.

Sania Mirza: Thank you.

Gaurav Kalra: Let me begin asking you that no matter what happens in the rest of your career you will always be known as a Grand Slam champion. How does that make you feel?

Sania Mirza: Great. I think this is something we all play for all our lives. When you pick up a tennis racket, you dream of being a Grand Slam champion one day and there are very few fortunate ones who's dreams have come true. I am really excited. This is a feeling which is very difficult to describe in words. I know that even if I retire tomorrow, I am going to be a Grand Slam champion.

Gaurav Kalra: Vanish that thought Sania because the wonderful stories have just begun. Looking at that remarkable ceremony where we saw an Indian pair winning the Australian Open. However, the reception has not been very bad since you have come back - the crowd at the Mumbai, Hyderabad airport - it has been wonderful.

Sania Mirza: It has been wonderful. I think this is India's specialty that when you come back to India, back home you get so much of warmth from everyone that you can feel it. When I and Mahesh were on the flight it was so great to see so many smiles. I am very thankful to every single Indian who supported us through this and I am very excited to be back.

Gaurav Kalra: Now you have just come back home and I know the reception back at home is very special. You spent a lot of time at home last year but now you are a Grand Slam champion so have you started demanding your mother that what am I going to get to eat?

Sania Mirza: Honestly, today I am eating everything. There is a huge chocolate cake which I have just cut after coming back. I am going to eat that to start with, I will also have Hyderabadi biryani. It has been really long since I have been out so today is the day to let myself just go. It has been really hectic, I didn't get a minute to sit down and say wow! I guess it is still sinking in. All my loved ones are here so it is very special.


Gaurav Kalra: You are also the first Indian woman to become a Grand Slam champion. There have been several men who have done it in the past, does that feel a little bit more special?

Sania Mirza: No. As I said it is still sinking in. Though people have been telling me that you created history, I don't look at it this way. It was my first Grand Slam and hopefully there is lot more to come. As a woman I am happy that I brought Grand Slam back to India and I am happy that this will take tennis to a different level in India and I think it was even more special because it came with Mahesh.

Gaurav Kalra: At times in all of this celebration we tend to miss the big picture. The matter of fact is that you both play wonderful tennis. Talk us through the week, if I am not mistaken you missed couple of sets throughout this entire tournament.

Sania Mirza: Yes, we missed just one set in the quarters. We didn't start off that strong because we hadn't played together for a while and we were getting use to each other but as the week went by we got better and better and in the final we both came up with our best game.

Gaurav Kalra: Was Mahesh a little bit nervous before the Mixed Doubles final because he had just lot mens’ doubles title. Sania did you have to encourage him that come on Mahesh we can do this?

Sania Mirza: You know we were watching his match around 1200-1230 hrs IST a night before. He had to come back to the same court in not even 24 hours later, as a tennis player I know how difficult it is. Of course, he was upset but everyone around him was just trying to keep him as positive as possible. In the starting you might have found him a bit sluggish but after a couple of games he picked it up. He is a 11 times Grand Slam champion, one of the best we ever had not only in India but also in the world.

Gaurav Kalra: Sania tell us a bit about the theories going about how this can be a big stepping stone for success and other ventures as well. Do you think that something like the mixed doubles will help you in your singles as well?

Sania Mirza: Honestly, a Grand Slam is a Grand Slam. It doesn't matter that it singles or doubles to start off. Secondly, I don't want to get too ahead of myself. I want to live in today; I don't even want to think that what will happen tomorrow. I am hearing that I am hitting the ball really well. I had a pretty decent tournament to have not played for six months and for coming back with a Grand Slam.

Gaurav Kalra: Yes, it was more than a pretty decent tournament. Moreover, besides Sania and Mahesh there was one other big Indian story to emerge from the Australian Open and that was a 16-year-old boy, Yuki Bhambri of Delhi. He became the first Indian in nearly two decades to win a Junior Grand Slam. He has followed the footsteps of Ramanathan Krishnan, his son Ramesh and Leander Paes - who have also won Junior Grand Slams before. This is a monumental achievement by any stretch of imagination is what Yuki said. Has this boy something special in him?

Sania Mirza: What Yuki has done, I think is great. We were on the same flight and I congratulated him.


Gaurav Kalra: Was he a little shy to talk to you Sania, because he is just a 16-year-old boy?

Sania Mirza: His sister use to play with me, so I know him. It was good to see him all grown up. I know he was not shy at all. He is made India proud and made each one of us proud. He can make a transition from the junior to the main game that happens usually. That is the toughest thing to do but lets hope he comes through. He is the biggest prospect we have right now.

Gaurav Kalra: Did you watch any of his matches? Sania were you impressed with what you saw, any advice?

Sania Mirza: Honestly, I don't want to give any advice. I think there are enough people giving advice. I think what he is doing is great. He has a good team behind him. I am sure he will be fine.

Gaurav Kalra: Sania where are these girls going? We see all boys coming up - Somdev, Yuki. Why isn't Sania Mirza inspiring young girls to come and become a tennis player champion.

Sania Mirza: I don't know. We shouldn't get too hasty about it. Right now we have Somdev and Yuki, we shouldn't get too greedy for it. We can hope that we can have lot more Grand Slam champions coming out.

Gaurav Kalra: Watching Roger Federer break down at the end of this, how disheartening was that?

Sania Mirza: It was heartbreaking. You are so used to see him win, it is tough. As an athlete, I can understand where he is coming from. As he said, when you lose a match, you have to just go and take a shower but this was not like that but you can’t do that. You lose at such a big stage and such a close match. Well, for me he is still the king and he will always be.

Gaurav Kalra: What do you think he should do to beat Rafael Nadal as they will only meet in the finals of the big tournaments?

Sania Mirza: Yeah it is tough. Rafael is playing very will right now. He is the best player in the world and I am a huge Rafal fan as well. He is physically so fit, but I am in no position or anyone out here is in no position to tell Federer what to do. He has won so many Grand Slams. I am sure he is talented enough and he will figure out a way.

Gaurav Kalra: What do you think is the roadmap. If you have to make a prediction then put your self out there and say when is title no 14 coming?

Sania Mirza: I am going to say Wimbledon, this year.

Gaurav Kalra: What is the road ahead for you, what are your plans for the next few months?

Sania Mirza: I am going to stay home, I am nursing an abdominal injury, so I’ll take a call on Thailand which is in about a week. So for now I am going to rest and be home for a couple of days. Just going to enjoy sleeping on my own bed.

Gaurav Kalra: Do you have set plans in mind , of the things that you are going to do in the year ahead for 2009?

Sania Mirza: Not really. Like I said, I am living in the moment right now. That is something that I have learnt in the past few months, that you cannot plan things. Things will happen. That is what I had told myself before going to Melbourne. Right now I have an abdominal injury so I am going to get that right, and after that may be go to Thailand and Dubai and take it from there.

Gaurav Kalra: Grand Slam champion Sania Mirza, thank you for joining us, it has been a fantastic achievement and congratulations once again.

Sania Mirza: Thank you.
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Its a very nice interview. Thanks Saniapower
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