Tennis ace Sania Mirza said she was fully ready to play the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 after returning from a 2-year maternity break. The former World No. 1 doubles star said the Games delay is a bit of a setback for her.
The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021 by the International Olympic Committee due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has severely affected the global sporting calendar.
Sania Mirza believes she has to restart the process that helped her make a successful return to the court after the 2-year break and that she only hopes she will be in Tokyo for the Olympics, which is scheduled to get underway from July 23, 2021.
Sania Mirza, 33, returned to the court in style earlier this year as she won the women’s doubles title Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok at Hobart International. Sania had to start from scratch after the 2-year break but she climbed into the top 250 after her fine comeback. However, her Australian Open campaign was cut short due to a calf injury.
“I was ready to play Tokyo 2020 which is why I made this comeback. If I wasn’t ready to play, I wouldn’t have come back. So I don’t think this necessarily gives me headroom,” Sania Mirza told India Today during her E-Conclave Corona Series session.
“If at all, that (Tokyo Games delay) is actually a bit of a negative for me. I will be a year older next year. I am not on the younger side of a tennis player. It is not something ideal.”
‘Hopefully, I can make another comeback’
“There is a process that needs to be followed to getting back to playing a certain level of the sport. It’s a process and it takes time. You have to play tournaments, you win some, you lose some. I had actually gotten back to playing at a very high level again. That rhythm is going to stop again. You have to rebuild it all over again. There are a lot of things that will go into it.
“I mean, 2021 now is a long distance away, the Olympics is a year away now. We are hoping sport is going to start in a normal scenario much before that. So hopefully, I will be playing. That’s all I can say. Hopefully, I can make another comeback.”
Sania Mirza, meanwhile, said she is eager to return to the court but pointed out that the sporting world will be different after the Covid-19 crisis eases out.
“Tennis has been hit really badly.. sports have been hit really badly. It’s sad there are no live sports when you switch on the TV and I don’t remember the last time there was no live sport on TV. It’s really sad. I think sports will come back eventually but I don’t think it will happen in the next few months unless this virus disappears magically from the air,” Sania Mirza said.
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