Sania looks forward to 2007

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Sania Mirza made a tremendous comeback at the Asiad after having a forgettable year that saw her drop out of the top 50 of the world rankings.

Sania looks forward to 2007

Doha:

She has been India's most well known women sportsperson and once again she did India proud by winning three medals at the Doha Asian Games.Sania Mirza made a tremendous comeback at the Asiad after having a forgettable year that saw her drop out of the top 50 of the world rankings. Sania teamed up with Leander Paes to claim the mixed doubles crown. But it wasn't easy as the pair had to fight hard before finally getting the better of the Japanese pair of Satoshi Iwabuchi and Akiko Morigami 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.For the Hyderabad player this was a new experience but one she definitely enjoyed."Its an honour to play with Leander, first time we played, we got the bronze, second time the gold, that's not bad. I also don't have a regular partner for next year, so lets see," said Sania. Testing timeNext year will also be a test for Sania, since 2006 didn't turn out the way she would have wanted. The world number 66 managed just one semifinal appearance from 24 tournaments with as many as 11 first round exits.But the Hyderabad hurricane has been working on her fitness and serve, and it showed during the Doha games.In fact, she didn't drop a single set en route to the final."I think I have improved a lot on my fitness. I have worked on it, and it's only been a month and a half, so look at it optimistically, the harder I work, the better I will get," she said. However, playing on the tour has been a completely different ball game but if she can play the way she did at Doha then maybe a second title next year is a distinct possibility."I think Sania is going to have a fantastic year next year. She's on the right path," said Nandan Bal, coach, Doha Asiad Indian Tennis Team.Sania will next be in action at the Hopman Cup in Australia later this month.



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