We had a chance to get a medal at Olympics, says Sunitha

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New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) Disappointed with her doubles campaign at the Beijing Olympics, Sunitha Rao believes that if she and her partner Sania Mirza would have cleared the second round hurdle, the two Indians had a good chance to return back with a medal. Ranked 206th in the world, Sunitha today said, ''I think we were up against two really good players in the second round of the Olympics.'' Sania Mirza and Sunitha Rao's Olympic campaign did not last long as the two crashed out of the competition after losing to Russia's top seeded pair of Svetlana Kuznentsova and Dinara Safina 4-6, 4-6 in the second round.

''If we could have cleared that round we had a good chance to win a medal but I don't think we played badly,'' she added.

Sunitha was here with 41st ranked Nicole Vaidisova on a four-day promotional event and the duo had some tennis knocks much to the delight of the young fans who had gathered.

The US-based Indian further added that her next target would be to get a medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games which are scheduled to be held in India.

''Now I have an off season ahead but I'll be back here for the preparation of the Commonwealth Games and I really want to do well there,'' she said.

Meanwhile, Czech Republic's Vaidisova, whose rankings and career has been marred by injuries said the season ahead will definitely soar her rankings.

''I've been sick or injured, I didn't play for five months and missed the last eight or nine tournaments, so I'm really glad to put this year behind me.

''I've gone through a lot, and it's been an off-court learning experience. I'm keeping my mind on preparing for next year, and I hope I can be fit and healthy in time for the Australian Open,'' she said.

The Czech teenager, whose rankings fell from 12 to 41 due to her long lay off, also had words of encouragement for the tennis enthusiasts in India.

''I know there is too much of cricket in this country and I am even aware that you guys (Indians) won a match day before yesterday.

''But I think tennis widely recognised in the country and I got the opportunity to see some young kids play. I was pretty impressed with them and definitely there is no dearth of talent here,'' said Vaidisova who is on her first visit to India.

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