Hyderabad Open: Sania to take on Pratt

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Sania Mirza will take on fourth seed Nicole Pratt of Australia in the opening match of the $140,000 WTA Hyderabad Open tennis championship.

Hyderabad Open: Sania to take on Pratt

Hyderabad:

Teen sensation Sania Mirza will take on fourth seed Nicole Pratt of Australia in the opening match of the $140,000 WTA Hyderabad Open tennis championship beginning on Monday. Sania, who was given a wild card, had recently won an ITF championship at Florida and her brief stint with Italian coach had "done a lot of good" to her play. "I love to play before home crowd and in this tournament I will try to give my best," Sania said on the sidelines of the qualifying rounds going on at the Lal Bahadur stadium tennis complex here today. Seventeen-year-old Sania has been a crowd puller in all the events that took place at this venue ever since its inauguration during the National Games in 2002. She has played in the first ITF tournament and the inaugural Afro-Asian Games (AAG) at the venue, which pulled a lot of crowd. "We expect similar crowds this time too and there is no entry fee," a member of the Organising Committee said hoping that Sania matches would draw huge crowd. (PTI)

Topics : Tennis
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