Somdev, Sania to lead Indian challenge in Asian Games

Updated: 22 October 2010 14:24 IST

CWG gold medallist Somdev Devvarman and silver medallist Sania Mirza will lead the Indian challenge in the tennis event of next month's Asian Games but country'

Somdev, Sania to lead Indian challenge in Asian Games

New Delhi :

CWG gold medallist Somdev Devvarman and silver medallist Sania Mirza will lead the Indian challenge in the tennis event of next month's Asian Games but country's men's team is all set to wear a depleted look.

Seasoned pro and doubles specialist Leander Paes had already made it clear that he will not be part of the Indian sqauds as the Games are clashing with prestigious World Tour finals, which he is keen to participate and win.

As expected he was not named in the six-member squad, announced by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) today.

The Asian are scheduled to take place in Guangzhou, China from November 12 to 27 while the season-ending World Tour finals will be held in London between November 21 and 28.

Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have been named in the squad but they be available only if they fail to qualify for World Tour finals.

Top eight players and teams participate in the Finals and Bopanna and Bhupathi have good chance to remain in bracket.

Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi are currently world number six and Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi are placed at number eight.

Vishnu Vardhan, Karan Rastogi and Sanam Singh are the other members of the men's squad.

Teen sensation Yuki Bhambari, who is recovering from a bout of pneumonia, has opted out due to health reasons.

"Sanam Singh's selection is subject to approval of his University which we are hopeful will be forth coming," an AITA release said.

Sania Mirza, who won silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, will lead the Indian challenge in the women's competition.

All the four female players who were part of the CWG squad including -- Nirupama Sanjeev, Rushmi Chakravathy and Poojashree Venkatesh -- are part of the squad.

Tara Iyer and Shivika Burman are the other members.

The four-member AITA Selection Committee, headed by Anil Dhupar, selected the two squads in consultation with Jaidip Mukherjea.

Squads:

MEN: Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna, Somdev Devvarman Vishnu Vardhan, Karan Rastogi and Sanam K Singh

WOMEN: Sania Mirza, Poojashree Venkatesha, Nirupama Sanjeev, Rushmi Chakravarthy, Tara Iyer and Shivika Burman.

Topics : Tennis Somdev Devvarman
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