Tokyo Olympics-bound Sania Mirza included in TOPS after hole of 4 years | Tennis Information
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was on Wednesday included within the authorities’s Goal Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), 4 years after she opted out of the programme.
Sania was chosen within the TOPS in the course of the 56th assembly of the Mission Olympic Cell in Delhi.
The 34-year-old a number of Grand Slam winner had opted out of the scheme when she was chosen final in 2017 due to an harm breakdown which had led to a lay-off.
“Sure, Sania has been chosen within the latest TOPS listing,” a Sports activities Authority of India supply informed PTI.
Sania has already certified for the Tokyo Olympics primarily based on her protected rating earlier than she took a break from the sport because of being pregnant.
Sania is at present ranked 157th on this planet however as per WTA guidelines when a participant takes a lay-off from the sport longer than six months on account of accidents or being pregnant, they’ll apply for a “particular rating” (additionally generally generally known as a “protected rating”).
The particular rating of a participant is their world rating after the final match they performed and in Sania’s case, it was the China Open in October 2017. She was ranked world No. 9 at that time.
So, Sania at present has a particular rating of ninth and has already certified for the Tokyo Olympics.
The particular rankings have been launched by WTA due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sania was inactive for 2 years because of being pregnant and solely made her return to the court docket final 12 months following the beginning of her son on the season-opening Hobart Worldwide WTA occasion.
She partnered Ukrainian Nadiia Kichenok to win the ladies’s doubles title.