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All the players have an equal chance : Sania

Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza is seeded as high as number two at the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi but believes that all the players in the women’s draw have an equal chance. Sania is not ready to leave any stone unturned as she aims for the Gold medal at the Games.

 Sania says that though French Open finalist Samantha Stosur of Australia is not competing at Delhi 2010, the other players who are in the draw can play exciting tennis.

"Even Stosur lost in the first round of the Wimbledon. So any one of the eight seeded players here can beat anyone. Women's tennis is such, any player can beat anyone", said Sania.  Australian tennis sensation Anastasia Rodionova is the top seed in the women's singles followed by Sania.
    
 Sania said that she had not played for long against Anastasia but has recently beaten England's Katie O'Brien ,who is seeded third at Delhi.

Taking about her fitness ahead of the competition, she said, "Little things are always there. But I am hoping, I will be up there by Monday. I won't mind taking painkillers to play if the need arises."

Sania will compete in three events at the Games, which could be very taxing, but the Indian says she is ready for the grind.

"I want to give it a shot. After getting into the atmosphere of the Games, I felt inspired to try and give India another shot at a medal," she said.

 Sania said representing the country in any event was a matter of great pride for her. "It's great when the national anthem is played at the Games. You want to do the best and try as hard as possible."

 Sania hoped fans would flock to see the Indian stars, who were all in terrific form and doing well.
    
 "People are following Indian players and everyone I think is happy with tennis making a debut at the Games.”

- PTI