It's hard to be injury free, top 10 definitely my aim:Sania

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Chennai, Nov 14: India's lone women's tennis star in the international arena, Sania Mirza today said she was feeling fine now after recovering from her injuries and having shed her ''baby fat''and breaking into the top 25 and then top the 10 is definitely among her targets in future.

Addressing a press conference, the Hyderabadi tennis icon, who launched the famous retail book shop Landmark and Deutsche Bank co-branded credit card as the Bank's Brand Ambassador here, said ''but that has to happen. It's definitely my aim (breaking into top 25 and then into top 10).'' Sania said she was, right now, trying to be as best as she could be. ''Iam trying the best I can be,'' she added.

Explaining about her recovery from a spate of injuries, Sania said ''right now it's fine. I am training in the gym regularly but it would be sometime before I hit the ball again on court.'' Sania said she was right now thinking about the Hopman's Cup engagement in Australia along with Rohan Bopanna, next January.

''But tennis is so physical now and it's hard for any player to be injury free as an athlete'', she observed.

Sania also stated that a player has to get hurt and become stronger.

''There is no one reason why you are injured'', she said and also observed one can't say the injuries are due to too much play or off the court, asked whether her injuries were sustained on court or off it.

''It's hard to be injury free'', Sania said emphatically

Observing that tennis was a physically demanding sport, Sania said it was difficult to be injury free. ''You are pushing your body every single day. It starts giving up. If you want to become stronger, you should come back from injury'', she opined. ''It's still hurting only when I serve. Otherwise, my hitting, volleys and backhands are nice. I had played a lot of matchs in the summer'', she added.

Stating that she was physically and mentally tired, she said she wanted to rest for while. ''I can take pain killers and push myself.

But I don't want to do it as Iam looking at the next six to seven years, not one or two years'', she added.

Sania said she was keeping her options of having a travelling coach open.

''No. Not at this point. But you never know. I am keeping my options open. Some names are in my mind but I cannot disclose it.

You (the media) will come to know after I decide on it'', she added.

Sania also said she was not aware of any match-fixing and betting in the women's circuit. ''Definitely not in Women's tennis. I cannot talk about men's tennis''.

''If it is happening then it's not a good thing. However, as far as the WTA is concerned we are clean'', she said.

When asked about the recent ban on an Italian tennis player after he admitted his invovlement in betting, she said, ''I had not experienced it. Nothing has been proved yet and I cannot comment on it.''

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