Olympic-bound tennis ace Sania Mirza included in TOPS after hole of 4 years | Tennis Information

NEW DELHI: 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 throughout the 56th assembly of the Mission Olympic Cell.
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 current TOPS checklist,” a Sports activities Authority of India supply advised PTI.
Sania has already certified for the Tokyo Olympics primarily based on her protected rating earlier than she took a break from the sport as a result of being pregnant.
Sania is presently ranked 157th on the 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 will apply for a “particular rating” (additionally typically referred to 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 presently 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 as a result 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.

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