Published On: Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015

No. 1 is a goal of mine: Sania Mirza

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A bottle of the sweet-smelling fragrance ‘Love Pink’ sat on the edge of a table in Sania Mirza’s sprawling hotel room. The 28-year-old, ranked No. 6 individually in the women’s doubles and the top-seed in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, where she partners Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh, sported a pink tee and matching tracks, but hastened to add it wasn’t her colour of the moment.

The Hyderabadi, married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, watched the Men in Blue coast to a comfortable win over Pakistan in their World Cup opener between practice sessions earlier in the day. “It’s a good start,” she said, “I watched the batting and then they cruised.” The glamorous superstar, who had a disappointing Australian Open by her own crackling standards, will try and affect the same on the rectangle this week in the WTA Premier 5 event.  “I was disappointed, no question,” Sania, who powered to victory in Sydney playing alongside American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, said of her Melbourne outing, “We (she and Hsieh) were playing really well, it was one bad match, it happens. The good thing in tennis is that you have to move on pretty quickly and I moved on literally an hour lat er to the mixed doubles, where Bruno Soares and I made the semis. It’s just that when you get these results in the Slams that you get really disappointed.”

Sania and Hsieh, who were given a first round bye in Dubai, will play the dangerous Russian pairing of Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Yuchenkova in the second round. “When you are ranked No. 6, it’s so close to No.1 that you want to keep climbing till you get there. No.1 is a goal of mine and I would like to achieve that before I retire.” –Agencies

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