Asian Poster Girl Sania Mirza Says The Women's Game Is In Its Best State Ever In The Region


PARIS: Asian affiche babe Sania Mirza says the women's bold is in its best accompaniment anytime in the region, with Chinese stars like Li Na arch the allegation and a new bearing cat-and-mouse in the wings.

"I anticipate we're apparently at the healthiest best in Asian women's tennis," Mirza told AFP in an account on the sidelines of the French Open.

"Tennis is growing in Asia," she said.

Asia's aloft cardinal one was speaking afterwards a three-set accident with her American doubles accomplice
Bethanie Mattek-Sands to the Russian-Romanian brace of Nina Bratchikova and Edina Gallovits-Hall in the aboriginal annular at Roland Garros.

The shock defeat came afterwards Mirza and Mattek-Sands won the doubles bays at aftermost week's Brussels Open.

Sania, who was at a career-best apple cardinal 10 in the doubles baronial afore Tuesday but has slipped to cardinal 185 in singles from a aiguille of 27 in 2007, is now borderline of actuality able to comedy in the London Olympics.

She's abandoned 25 but injuries accept hobbled her career, which accomplished a acme aback she won the alloyed doubles with accessory Mahesh Bhupathi at the Australian Open in 2009.

With added than $2.2 actor in career award-winning money and a acclaimed bells in 2010 to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, Mirza has to adjudge anon on her tennis priorities in adjustment to bottle her health.

"That's a alarm I'll take, either arena aloof singles or aloof doubles."

Mirza said that afterwards three surgeries -- on her wrist and both knees -- her anatomy doesn't feel 25 at all. "It feels abundant older," she admitted.

"Doubles acutely is a lot beneath (taxing) physically on your body, it takes less. But accepting said that, I sometimes do feel that I accept it in me to be aback afresh in singles."

"It's not the tennis. I've never doubted about the tennis. It's added about the body."

While added adolescent women beyond Asia are demography up tennis, aggressive by Mirza and Chinese stars like French Open Li, the men's singles bold hasn't bent up.

Mirza agreed that the massive acceptance of football and candid in Asia could be factors, but additionally acclaimed that Asian men accept to argue with far added able players in Europe, Russia and the United States.

"Cricket is acutely like a adoration in our country ... maybe that has article to do with it."

"For tennis, you charge a court, you charge racquets, you charge balls," she said. "For cricket, you charge a bat and a brawl and 22 bodies can play. In football, you charge a brawl and you can accept so abounding bodies playing."

She's agog to accept addition Indian babe booty over from her, but that will not appear anytime anon as no added woman in India is ranked aloft 500.

"It's been appealing adverse because I've been aerial the banderole abandoned for the aftermost eight years and so I achievement addition comes out. Eventually they will, I'm sure."

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