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Let’s move on and focus on Olympics: Sania


It's been a month of mayhem in Indian tennis. The Wimbledon grass didn't provide much respite either. But Sania Mirza believes the players need to put the negativity of the selection row behind and bring the focus back on the London Olympics. “I don't want to dwell too much on what has already happened,” the Indian tennis ace told news channels on Monday. “It is unfortunate that it happened. Let us move on and focus on winning a medal.”


Though Sania believes the aftermath of the controversy, where she issued a hard-hitting statement against the All India Tennis Association and some of her male counterparts, had strained the relationship with Mahesh Bhupathi she refused to put that down as an excuse for a forgettable Wimbledon campaign.


Sania-Bhupathi, the reigning French Open champions, lost in the second round of mixed doubles, while the Hyderabadi, partnering America's Bethanie Mattek-Sands, fell in the quarterfinal of the women's doubles.


“The tennis row affected all of us. But I don't think that's the reason why we were not able to do well at Wimbledon,” she said.


Asked about playing with Leander Paes in mixed doubles at the Olympics, Sania said it was an honour to be playing with the 39-year-old.


“I never said that I won't play with Leander.


“Everyone is allowed to have preferences, and sure I would have preferred to play with Mahesh. Importantly because I play the forehand side and he plays the backhand side. Leander and I both play on the forehand side.


“I don't think people actually understand how important that is in doubles. And that's the reason Leander and I don't play together on the tour.


“But if someone thinks we are the best bet for India to get a mixed doubles medal, I'm all for it. I will give my 100 per cent. If I didn't think we had a medal chance, there would be no point in going to the Olympics.”


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