Panaji: India's leading female tennis player Sania Mirza feels that events like the Asian and Commonwealth Games are important in understanding India's standing in sports other than cricket.
"Events like Lusofonia Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games are important as they help us a lot in understanding how good India is at sports other than cricket," Sania told PTI on the sidelines of an event to unveil the mascot for the upcoming Portuguese commonwealth games in Goa.
"It builds great sportsmanship and friendship between the countries," she added.
Sania was in Goa earlier this week along with iconic athlete Milkha Singh as part of the event which is a precursor to Lusofonia Games scheduled for January next year. "Events like these (Lusofonia Games) are the only place where players from all countries live and practice together.
This is great for a country like India to understand other sports and players from other countries," she said. Around 12 countries will participate in Lusofonia Games to be held across six stadia in the coastal state, the former Portuguese colony.
On her career, Sania said, "Having had a great year with 5 doubles titles, I cherish the fact that despite injury and three surgeries performed, and changing many partners, it clicked for me...I did work hard and the chemistry with my doubles partner worked".
On partnering with a Chinese player Jie Zheng, she said "it was a tough decision to move to Cara (Black). We are doing well and haven't lost any match yet. We are hoping to do better". "She is in Hyderabad right now and we are going to prepare together. We need to work on fine tuning things and we need to win a lot of tournaments," she said.
Sania said from current generation of Indian tennis players, she pins her hopes on Ankita Raina who is winning many tournaments.
The tennis player, who became a craze also for her style, said, "If there is any movie were to be made on her life in future, she would like actress Deepika Padakune to play her role".
"I think Deepika Padukone is gorgeous and she is athletic as well. She will do better justice to the role, if there is one in the future," Sania said.