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After surgery, India's Sania Mirza playing better, into U.S. Open's 3rd round

After surgery, India's Sania Mirza playing better, into U.S. Open's 3rd round

Now that Sania Mirza is in better shape than ever, she is playing better than ever.
Mirza, the first woman from India to be ranked in the top 50, reached the U.S. Open's third round by beating Laura Granville of the United States 6-3, 7-5 Thursday.
Mirza is ranked a career-high 27th this week and is seeded 26th at Flushing Meadows. She had arthroscopic knee surgery in the spring and while unable to get on the tennis court, she ran on a treadmill for about an hour every day.
"I worked hard on my fitness the last year," she said after compiling a 33-18 edge in winners against Granville. "This year when I'm here I feel like I can track down a lot more balls and I feel like I can stay with anyone in this heat."
Her Grand Slam breakthrough came at the U.S. Open in 2005, when she reached the fourth round. But she hadn't been past the second round at any major tournament until this week.
Now she'll play No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze of Russia for a berth in the fourth round. Chakvetadze beat Nicole Pratt of Australia 6-3, 6-4 Thursday.
Back home in India, Mirza draws a lot of attention _ good and bad.
She's popular among many because of her success on the court. But she also has been criticized for her short skirts and midriff-revealing T-shirts, and sections of orthodox Muslim clergy have said it is leading astray young Muslims.


Updated : 2021-02-25 13:33 GMT+08:00