Sania will come back, says Mahesh Bhupati

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Ace tennis player Mahesh Bhupati said on Sunday that Sania Mirza will make a comeback and do well in women's circuit next year.

Updated: December 21, 2008 15:14 IST
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Notwithstanding the current fall in her WTA rankings, Sania Mirza will make a comeback and do well in women's circuit next year, ace tennis player Mahesh Bhupati said on Sunday.

"She has been injured unfortunately. When you are injured and cannot play, anybody's rankings are going to fall. But the good sign is Sania is back playing," Bhupati said.

"Hopefully, she will have a good 2009. She will make a comeback," he said on the sidelines of an event to announce the Tennis Scholarships of Apollo Tyres Mission 2018. Sania has slipped out of the top 100 in the latest WTA singles rankings chart.

The objective of Mission 2018 of Apollo Tyres is to produce India's first singles Grand Slam champion.

The organisation today announced the induction of 15 children from across the country who will undergo training at the FIST Academy, set up by the Bhupathis in Bangalore. The mission was launched last year and 21 children were already undergoing training at the Academy.

"It's been an amazing journey this year. We had six, seven and eight- year-olds participating in the selection camps from across the country. From places like Imphal, Jorhat and Bikaner."

"This batch will further enrich the programme and Mission 2018's prospect of bringing Grand Slam glory to India," Avik Chattopadhyay, Head, Corporate Marketing of Apollo Tyres, said.

Bhupati, Apollo's partner in Mission 2018, said," this time the selection process has been even more difficult. But we are very happy with the kind of children we have picked this year, a few of whom who have already been making a mark in the Under-12 and Under-14 tournaments."

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