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AITA plans wild card for Sania for London Olympics

Updated: Jan 13, 2012, 18:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Concerned at drop in ranking of Sania Mirza, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) is planning to get a wild-card entry for the Hyderbadi for the singles event at the London Olympics.

AITA is keen that Sania competes in the mixed doubles event of the Olympics and Sania has to be there in either singles or doubles draw to be able to compete in mixed event.

If Sania manages to be inside top-64 in the singles and top-10 in the doubles, she will get a direct entry.

However, Sania has moved out of the top-100 at the start of the year and is placed 105 currently in singles.

Top-64 players will get a direct entry into the singles draw and if Sania fails to get into that bracket, AITA will ask the organising committee for a wild card entry.

Sania still has time to improve her ranking as the deadline to send entry with players` name is June 21, 2012 and the rankings as of June 11, 2012 will be considered for acceptance.

If Sania`s ranking does not improve by that time, an application for her wild card will be sent along with the list of the players` name.

The issue was discussed by the Tennis Advisory Committee (TAC) of AITA yesterday.

"Definitely we want her there, whichever way," S P Misra, India`s Davis Cup captain and a member of the TAC told reporters.

"If she improves upon her current ranking, well and good, otherwise we will request for a wild card. In the mock draw held last year, both Sania and Somdev had made the cut," Misra added.