New DelhiThe struggle of Indian tennis stars for a gold medal in the Olympics continues. In 1996, veteran Leander Paes became the first tennis player to win a medal in singles. After their bronze medal win in men’s singles 25 years ago, India has longed for a medal. This time the medals are expected from Sania Mirza and her women’s doubles partner Ankit Raina. Tennis star Sania Mirza, who is competing in her fourth Olympics, spoke to Times Now ahead of the Tokyo Games. During this, he told that the defeat in the match for the bronze medal in the Rio Olympics was heartbreaking. Sania and Rohan Bopana had lost the bronze medal match against Czech Republic. He said – Last time the defeat in the bronze medal match was heartbreaking. We were in the race for the gold medal in the semi-finals but lost. The next day was the bronze medal match. It was difficult to prepare myself so quickly. On questioning his retirement, he said- I don’t know to be honest. I don’t plan on giving it up, but the fact is, 34 is too young in any other career, but not so much as an athlete. I am a very realistic person, I do not live in the clouds. The fact is I’m 34 and I don’t know how long my career is. She further said- Every morning I get up. It hurts that I didn’t know I had other days. I’ve had three surgeries and a baby. So I have to be 100 percent fit to be at the top of my game. I don’t want to play tennis just for the sake of saying. Along with this, he has told PV Sindhu and Vinesh Phogat to be medal hopes.
[Attribution to NBT]