Dubai: Indian tennis player Sania Mirza feels her best is yet to come, despite an early first round exit from the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship against Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues, on Monday.
Complaining of a sore wrist, Mirza insisted that she can still get better "if not game-wise then at least mentally". "I think I am improving every day as you are maturing every day. It is more important to be healthy and that's something that a lot of us are struggling to do," Mirza stated.
"I hope that my best tennis is in front of me," the Indian insisted.
Mirza has been constantly struggling with injuries on the Tour, the latest in these is the serving hand wrist that she claimed was swollen going into this week's tournament. "This was something of a career-threatening injury and when something like this comes back then you obviously start having a lot of thoughts in the middle of the match," Mirza stated.
The Indian showed her swollen wrist to the doctor and she was told that it could only be tapped so that Mirza could play her first round match. "My main concern at the moment is my wrist which I have to sort out," she insisted.
Playing the first match on centre court, Mirza and Medina Garrigues exchanged service breaks till the seventh game when the Spanish moved away and took the first set 6-3. With Mirza struggling the move the ball around, Medina Garrigues made the best use of the hot conditions to take the second 6-4 and set a meeting against second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.
"Of course I feel like a favourite when I play here because of the large community that lives here with Indians and Pakistanis. But I was struggling to keep the ball inside the court. It's one of those days where the court seems small, the ball seems small and everything seems to be going wrong," Mirza lamented.
Mirza admitted that her wrist condition may force her to skip her doubles match alongside Spaniard Virginia Ruano Pascual. "I've not had time to think about the doubles, but it won't be fair if I have to skip the doubles. She [Ruano Pascual] is a doubles specialist and it's not fair that she comes all the way from Spain and I quit," Mirza stated.