Bangalore : In a significant development, Sania Mirza has agreed to play in the upcoming Asian Games, two days after AITA announced that they would allow top players to miss the Incheon event, keeping in mind their requirements on the professional circuit.
Sania’s decision means that the Hyderabadi has put on line 900 ranking points, which she had to defend on the tour during the period of the Asian games, to be held from September 20-30.
Sania will miss the Wuhan WTA event which has 900 points on offer. She though will play in Tokyo, where she is defending champion but now points in that tournament have been reduced to 475 from 900.
“I was feeling weird, I was not feeling happy with my decision, so I thought I will play. I know I am sacrificing 900 points, but sometimes you have to take a decision,” Sania told PTI before leaving for Tokyo.
After the Games, Sania will compete in China Open, starting September 29. Sania and Cara Black are fourth in the Race to Singapore, the year-end championship but the Indian hoped that she will be able to earn enough points in Tokyo and Beijing to remain in top-8.
Asked if there was any pressure on her, the US Open mixed doubles champion replied in a negative.
“No there was nothing like that. I hope we come back with a medal, I know the chances are less in both mixed and women’s doubles but I will give my best shot,” the 27-year-old said.