Lahore: Pakistan’s top-ranked woman tennis player Ushna Suhail has said that she is ready to face Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza at the Wagah Border, if the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) includes a women’s event in the proposed Indo-Pak tennis series.
Ushna said that although Sania was an experienced player and featured among the top 30 players at international rankings, yet she would like to play a tennis match with the Indian to gain exposure in the sport.
“Playing against Sania will be like a dream come true and it will be a great experience for me,” The Nation quoted Ushna, as saying.
She pointed out that exposure is very necessary for players, as it helps them identify their weaknesses at the international level and improve their game and skills.
“Playing international tennis provides us the opportunity to play against top ranking players and improve our international rankings,” she maintained.
”When asked about the rising level of Indian tennis, Ushna replied: “The Indian tennis body is spending a lot of money on their players for their international exposures and also provided them international coaches, while the main reason of their rise in the game is international events in their country.”
“They feature in at least three to four international tennis events and a large number of well-organised national events. It helps in boosting their morale, finding out their weaknesses and improving their international rankings. But here in Pakistan, there has not been a single international event for the last two years. The PTF should organise at least one or two international events such as ATP or WTA,” she added.