Leave Sania alone, says AITA

Updated: 15 January 2008 16:17 IST

It's not a happy time for Sania Mirza fans at the moment. The Hyderabad hurricane crashed out of the $1,70,000 Moorila Hobart International Open.

New Delhi:

It's not a happy time for Sania Mirza fans at the moment. The Hyderabad hurricane crashed out of the $1,70,000 Moorila Hobart International Open.

However Sania Mirza it seems is more in the news for everything but her tennis. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has issued a public plea on her behalf. That after this photo taken of Sania at the Hopman cup led to a case being field against her for disrespecting the tricolour.

Just a few weeks ago Sania had to issue a public apology because an advertisement shoot done by her at Hyderabad's Macca Masjid created a furore.

Sania, who was seeded 6th in the Tier IV hard court event, wasted 7 break points, crashing out 5-7, 6-1, 3-6 to Italian Flavia Penetta in the Quarter Final.

The tournament is a warm-up for the season's first grand slam -- the Australian Open -- starting January 14.

The Indian number one also has a case filed against her at the moment for disrespecting the Indian flag. A Tamil Nadu man has alleged that Mirza stepped on the Indian flag while watching a Hopman Cup match.

"India is going to be playing the Fed Cup in Bangkok towards the end of the month and it is more important for the country to keep Sania's mind free from distractions and unnecessary controversies," the release said.

Luckily for Mirza, she has found support in the form of Anil Khanna, the secretary general of the All India Tennis Association.

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