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Sania Mirza says, there's a bit of destiny involved in winning Olympics

India TV News Desk 17 Aug 2012, 13:55:23 PM IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi, Aug 17: Winning an Olympic medal may remain an unfulfilled dream for Sania Mirza but the Indian tennis ace is not losing sleep over it and would continue to push her battle-hardened body to win one or two Grand Slam titles before ending her career.

A few things are certain to change in Sania's career, post Olympics as she will not be seen competing in the singles events on the WTA Tour from now on and doubles is all she will play.

Her Grand Slam winning mixed doubles combination with Mahesh Bhupathi is also under doubt since the two players have not spoken yet about continuing their partnership.  

In a few days when the US Open begins in New York, we will get to know if Sania and Bhupathi will come together as team after their friendly relationship was hit by selection controversy ahead of Olympics.

Another motivation is to get back to top-10 in the ranking ladder and improve on her career-best rank of seven.  We spoke to Sania about her future plans post Olympics.

Excerpts from an interview:

Q) A defeat in the quarter-final at the London Games, albeit with good fight, must have left you heartbroken.  

Ans) A defeat at any stage, whether in the first round or in the final of a major tournament, is always disappointing. But as sportsmen, we learn to pick ourselves up to bounce back and move on for the next challenge.

Q) You have medals from many multi-discipline events such as Asian Games, CWG, Afro-Asian Games but the kitty would be incomplete without an Olympic medal. Or you believe you can give it another try in Rio.

Ans) As someone who has taken immense pride in playing for the nation in whatever role I was asked to don, I am completely at peace with myself, knowing that I've given it my everything as far as the Olympics or other multi-discipline events are concerned.

I would have felt incomplete if I had never been a part of the Olympics, which to me is the ultimate experience of the spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie between all sportsmen of various countries of the world. I think there is a bit of destiny involved in winning. The greatest of them all, Roger Federer has never struck gold in singles in which he is the undisputed King of the game and that does not make him any lesser singles player. Neither has Pete Sampras ever won an Olympic medal.

Tennis players are very fortunate that unlike some disciplines of sport, in mega-sporting events like the Grand Slams, they have a huge platform to showcase their talents on the world stage once every few months.

Q) Olympics is a big dream of every athlete. What's your next target? What's the motivation to keep you going, pushing hard, day in and day out.

Ans) I have a passion for playing tennis and enjoy the workload and struggles of performing in this amazing global sport. I would like to improve my personal best ranking of seven in the world and try to win another Slam or two before I stop playing. One of the thrills of playing at the top tennis centres of the world is to see the Indian flag go up whenever I'm participating in these events. That's enough motivation for any Indian who has the opportunity to perform at these tournaments.