Friday, July 15, 2005

Fans should not have high expectations, says Sania

As she prepares for the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, Sania Mirza has a simple message for her fans: don't expect too much from her for now.

"I'm looking at the first round of the US Open and people back home need not have high expectations," Sania told reporters during a felicitation function here.

On her fitness, the former Wimbledon junior girls doubles champion said that she has recovered well from her ankle injury and hoped to put up a strong display in the ensuing major tournaments.

For the first time in her career, Sania will be having a travelling coach -- John Farrington of Bahamas on her US sojourn. The arrangement was for a short term, though.

"We have to see how the concept works. Right now I cannot say anything about it unless we try that out this summer," Sania said while thanking her sponsor GVK Reddy of the GVK Industries who will be bearing the expenses of Farrington.

Before the US Open, Sania said, she would be playing six WTA Tour events in North America.

When asked if she would be paired with Mahesh Bhupathi in future in mixed doubles, Sania said she was now only concentrating on singles but quickly added that she would love to play with the new Wimbledon mixed doubles champion.

Meanwhile, GVK Reddy said that his company will be sponsoring three more young tennis players as a second string and keep the game going.

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