Sania confident of doing well in Australian Open

Sania Mirza, who recently won an ITF tournament in Dubai to end the year on a high, today expressed confidence of a good show in the Australian Open early next year.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010, 17:48 PM IST

New Delhi: Sania Mirza, who recently won an ITF tournament in Dubai to end the year on a high, today expressed confidence of a good show in the Australian Open early next year.

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 USD 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 told reporters.

She denied that it was a conscious attempt to play 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, so 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."

PTI