Oz Open triumph will boost Indian tennis: Sania

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/sania_ap.jpg' class='caption'> The feeling of creating history has started to sink in and Sania Mirza says Indian tennis is definitely in for some good time ahead.

Updated: February 02, 2009 18:51 IST
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New Delhi:

The feeling of creating history has started to sink in and Sania Mirza, who on Sunday became the first Indian woman Grand Slam winner, says the way the new season has started, Indian tennis is definitely in for some good time ahead.

The 22-year-old Hyderabadi ace said she is not only "enjoying" the moment of but also hoping that this feat of her, together with Mahesh Bhupathi, will further provide fillip to the game in the country.

"It took a few minutes to believe (that I have won my first Grand Slam title). It's great to be a Grand Slam winner. I am at the airport and enjoying the moment. It's a dream come true," Sania said from Melbourne as she prepared to flying home back.

Sania reckoned the last few weeks have been amazing for Indian tennis and it all started with the rise of Somdev Devavrman who reached final of Chennai Open.

"Of course it was a great start with Somdev, then Yuki won yesterday and we won today. It's great to beginning to the year and I hope Indian tennis gets more fillip from these feats," she said.

Sania looked much more impressive this year and she combined excellently with Bhupathi throughout the tournament. Asked if that was the reason behind their success, the tennis ace said, "We have always complemented each other's game. Last year also we had reached the finals and it's not a joke to reach that level.

"But yes, my game has improved and I am much better physically and it always helps," she said.

A lot of players have raised their singles performance after success in doubles but Sania says though she is taking a lot of confidence after today's win, she does not want to look far ahead and put herself under pressure.

"It could not have been a better start to the new season. It is confidence booster but I am just enjoying the moment. I don't want to look much into the future. Happy to have won a Slam," she said.

Sania said Bhupathi advised her not to look at the scoreboard when she was serving for the championship point. "Mahesh told me to be calm. I was not looking at the scoreboard. I served just like I do in any other game," she said.

By winning the Grand Slam trophy, Sania, who has many firsts to her credit as far as the woman's game is concerned in India, has raised the bar for herself.

A lot more expectation would be there from her fans and media in season 2009 but Sania says for her, every year comes with new hopes.

"Every year you go into the season with new aims. So, nothing new. We strive to better ourselves and I will continue doing that," she signed off.

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