Sania Mirza, the new Indian Icon
Loads have been written about the arrival of Sania. Here's my two paise.
Happened to watch the game on Sunday. She's moody & can lose her match due to double faults & unforced errors but the girl from Hyderabad has got talent. She's got a good array of shots, the inside-out winners being her favorite. The punch is there, she can play till the very end (even after a faux paus ace on match point, losing the game & holding on to her nerves to break the next game) & most importantly, she plays to both her strength & her opponent's weakness. The Aus Open & specifically the match against Serena must have helped her a lot.
What disturbed me much (& the players too) were the stupid cat-calls - the meows, the huchooos, the saniaaas - oh, the Indian Tennis fan has a lot to learn & should start behaving himself. The poor Ukranian girl lost her concentration once too many & sure lost some critical points due to this crazy cat-calling.
The match had a droning DD commentary. It would have been nice to have someone like Harsha Bogle or Vijay Amritraj comment on this youngster's game.
Already there's a www.saniamirza.com site under construction, have to see how this bubbly teenager satisfies an icon hungry India(n media).