Wimbledon 2011: Painful exit for Sania in first round

first_imgSania Mirza’s form kept changing just like the London weather, sunny to start with and gloomy towards the end as the tired Indian diva lost 6-7, 6-2, 3-6 to Virginie Razzano in the ladies singles first round on Tuesday.As one who has been playing virtually non-stop tennis in the last one year, Sania stepped on Court No. 9 in a spotless white skirt and tee. She looked in great touch to start with, reeling off three games in a row before something wrong happened.”I cannot figure out if something happened with my left hamstring or knee at that stage. After that, I could only serve and return,” said Sania, who played her hearts out before losing.Razzano is the typical battle-hardened pro. Playing for the ninth time at Wimbledon, she was a picture of confidence, though for a short spell in the second set, she was flummoxed by the Indian’s aggression.The Frenchwoman does not have a great serve and she relies more on her height (5 feet and 9 inches) to get a sharp trajectory when she fires the ball. If you look it from a technical point of view, there is no racquet head acceleration. Yet, she is consistent, which helped her in the third set against Sania.For her part, Sania could have served better. However, considering the pain barrier she did well to stand on court and win the second set at a fast clip. The third set, too, was full of ups and downs and the big moment came in the seventh game after Sania was broken after five deuces.advertisement”To be honest, even if I had pulled this win, I would possibly not have been ready for (Caroline) Wozniacki,” said Sania.Sania goes for an ultrasound and MRI scan to check where the problem is. “I have been playing in pain since the French Open. It was 21 days of non- stop tennis from Paris to Birmingham. Such kind of abuse was going to hurt,” Sania told Mail Today.Reflecting on her comeback in tennis after marrying Shoaib Malik last year, Sania said being on the court without a break was taxing. “I played the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games, WTA Tour events and also the Fed Cup. Add to it singles, doubles and qualifying, it has been a hard grind,” said Sania.However, the Indian superstar is not sure about the immediate future. “If you ask me now how it feels now, it is bad. I haven’t decided on the women’s doubles and mixed doubles,” added Sania.Talking about her opponent, Sania said: “Razzano is a tough player. You cannot go by her ranking now, she has been at the Wimbledon fourth round and she fought well today. She is a very strong player.”Asked to comment on the emotional comeback by Serena Williams, Sania said she could understand how the American felt.”Tennis takes a lot out of you. It’s great to see Serena back as she loves tennis. When you are forced to do something you love doing, it’s painful. So I can understand the emotions Serena felt in her comeback,” added Sania.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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