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Mirza blasts tennis officials over team selection

Mirza blasts tennis officials over team selection

India's top woman tennis player Sania Mirza has blasted the national federation for using her as "bait" while working out a compromise during an ongoing row over team selection for the Olympics.
Mirza said in a statement late Tuesday that her interests were ignored in a bid to pacify senior player Leander Paes, who had threatened to pull out of the London contingent after being paired with little known Vishnu Vardhan.
Paes was asked to partner Vardhan after Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna refused to partner Paes in London because they have been playing together on the ATP circuit.
The All India Tennis Association tried to pacify Paes by naming him to the mixed doubles team even though Mahesh and Mirza recently won the French Open.