Wednesday, February 16, 2005

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 site under construction, have to see how this bubbly teenager satisfies an icon hungry India(n media).