Sania eyes good show in Aus Open

Staying healthy is my priority

Sania Mirza

The 24-year-old, who is now ranked 164th in the world, beat Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the $75,000 Al Habtoor tennis challenge final on Sunday in Dubai.

“It’s really satisfying. It’s like a dream come true, considering the way I started the season with an injury. In the last six months, I have been playing consistent tennis. And going into a Grand Slam with a title and beating a top 40 player gives you a lot of confidence,” Sania said.

She denied that it was a conscious attempt to play an ITF tournament in between WTA tournaments.

“Now ITF are not considered lower tournaments. Some of the events have higher ranked players than WTA tournaments. Recently I played a WTA tournament in which the top seed was ranked 75. But in Dubai the top seed was ranked 40th,” said Sania.

“It was a good competition. And since I had missed 6-7 tournaments because of Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, I needed to play,” she added.

Asked if she can now break into top 50 considering her current form, Sania insisted, “Staying healthy is my priority.”

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