Sunitha ready to put her best foot forward in Beijing

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Sunitha Rao feels her consistency on the ITF circuit would pay dividends when she pairs up with Sania Mirza in the doubles event in Beijing.

Updated: July 11, 2008 08:34 IST
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New Delhi:

She might not be sizzling on the ITF circuit these days but Sunitha Rao reckons her consistent performance has prepared her well for the big occasion -- Beijing Olympics -- where she will pair up with Sania Mirza to compete in the women's doubles event.

Sania and Sunitha have been given a wild card entry into next month's quadrennial extravaganza by the International Tennis Federation.

"I feel I am prepared to play. I play against these girls on a regular basis anyway and I believe in myself, so I think I'll do well," Sunitha told PTI from the United States.

"I feel my greatest strength would be my intangibles, my determination and my mental toughness." Sunitha has done well in the recent past on the circuit as she reached the finals of an ITF event at Noida, semifinals at Palm Beach, United States and quarterfinals at Jackson and Boston events in the United States.

However, a singles title has eluded her despite the fact that she has come close to winning it on more than one occasion.

But the Indian is unperturbed and rather argues that it is better to be consistent throughout than winning once and struggling for weeks altogether.

"No, I do not feel I am missing anything except for experience. I'd rather have consistent results, and win matches week in week out rather than win an event one week, then lose first round the next two weeks. Consistency in performance is the most important thing," she argued.

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