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Trio compete to team up with Mirza

Bhupathi, Paes and Bopanna are her three possible partners for mixed doubles in London

  • By Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 February 23, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Oliver Clarke/ Gulf News
  • Sania Mirza, who lives in Dubai, is looking forward to the mixed doubles at the London Olympics and is scaling back her singles commitments this year. The ball is now in Sania Mirza’s court to ensure that Leander Paes, India’s only tennis player to gain a direct entry into Olympics, takes part in his sixth Games in London

Dubai: India's Sania Mirza is relishing the prospect of being handed one of three possible mixed doubles partners for this year's London Olympics.

Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna are all potential candidates to team up with Mirza in the hunt for a gold medal.

"I think I am in a great position to choose from three people who are so good," she said.

"Mahesh and I made it to the semis in Melbourne and I've done well with Leander and Rohan too."

Mirza was talking after teaming up with Elena Vesnina for an impressive 6-1, 6-3 win against Oman's Fatima Al Nabhani and Andreja Klepac in the women's doubles on Tuesday.

Asked if she had the choice, Mirza said: "No, I don't make that call unfortunately.

The [All India Tennis] Association makes the call.

"But at the end of the day, the best information will be put in and the association will make that call as to who should team up with whom."

Mirza has deliberately scaled back her singles schedule so that she can be better prepared for London 2012.

"Right now my body is not in a condition to really handle singles and doubles week in and week out," she said. Mirza has won one WTA singles title — Hyderabad in 2005. She won the mixed doubles at the Australian Open in 2009, reached the final of the same event a year earlier and also appeared in the women's doubles French Open final last year.

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