It’s beenasolid year, hope to build on it: Sania Mirza

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Apr 2017 11:08:05



INDIAN tennis star Sania Mirza said she has had a “solid year already” and hopes to build on it with her new women’s doubles partner -- Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.
Sania’s partnership with Czech Republic’s BarbaraStrycova came to an end a few weeks ago due to a “difference in priorities”.

Her partnership with Strycova lasted 10 tournaments. The Indian had earlier parted ways with Swiss ace Martina Hingis. “I have had a solid, solid start
to the year. I have already played a Grand Slam final (mixed doubles at Australian Open), a title (inBrisbane),somefinals(Miami, Sydney) and a bunch of semifinals.

I am very critical of myself and always feelI cando better, no matter what and possibly win more
titles,” Mirza told PTI. On joining forces with Shvedova, she said, “I have known her forever. Sheisa greatgirl,has won Grand Slam titles. I hope it won’t take us long togel well.She isavery power fulplayer and plays on the backh and side of the court. We can hopefully enjoy ourselves on the court and also produce good results.” “We have committed till Wimbledon for sure and probably for the rest of the season,” she said when asked about her plan
for the future. Mirza, who started the year as the No.1 ranked player, has slipped to seventh after having claimed just one titles o ar in 2017.

She will be playing in Madrid with Shvedova and expects a change in fortunes.
“I leave for Madrid on May 2 andpracticefora few days before the event there. After the good run with (Barbara) Strycova, I hope to have the same success
(with Shvedova).” To a query as to why she ended the partnership with Strycova, Mirza said,“We had different priorities. Barbara is very good in singles and when she has a deep run in both singles and doubles at a tournament it becomes tough.”