Sania-Suntiha get wild card for Beijing Olympics

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{image-dey sania_03072008.jpg}New Delhi, Jul 3: Sania Mirza and Sunitha Rao will team up to grab an Olympic medal for India after the two were awarded wild card entries for the Beijing Games which begin from August 8.

Earlier, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) had sought wild card entries for Sania and Sunitha and the governing body was officially informed by the ITF yesterday that the two will play in the Olympics.An AITA official said, ''The ITF has officially informed us through a letter yesterday that Sania Mirza and Sunitha Rao have been given wild card entries for the Beijing Olympics in women's doubles event. '' While Sania had a strong case and was given a direct entry for the singles event, US based Sunitha's representation in the Olympics was a concern for the AITA officials.

Sania and Sunitha are India's top-ranked women players and the latter represented the country in the Fed Cup.

Players from 21 nations will vie for top honours at the Olympics and the tennis event will be played from August 10 to 17 at the newly built Olympics tennis centre in Beijing.


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