'Need to adjust from clay to grass for Olympics'

Sania Bhupathi
Paris, Jun 8: After notching up their second Grand Slam title at the French Open, Indian mixed doubles pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza said they would now look to make the transition from clay to grass to keep their Olympic preparation on track. The duo's mixed doubles title triumph at the French Open has raised hopes of a medal in the Olympics and the pair said they were looking forward to playing together at the London Games.

"We've got to make the transition from clay to grass, and yes like I said, we have to keep the rhythm going and hopefully we can win a few more slams. And if we go to the Olympics, obviously we will try to win a medal there," said Sania. The victory at Roland Garros is the second career Grand Slam title for Sania while 12th Major trophy for Bhupathi, who now has eight mixed doubles triumph under his belt.

"We're looking forward to playing together and if we get that opportunity to play the Olympics, hopefully we'll be able to fire like we did this week and contend for a medal," said Bhupathi. "We're off on the grass courts season from tomorrow. She's going to Birmingham and I am going to Queen's club. It's going to be a long grass-court season including the Olympics," Bhupathi said.

The Indian pair had missed out of a title at the 2008 Australian Open after finishing runners-up but they made up for the disappointment by winning the title in the next edition. This year, Bhupathi and Sania had made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Asked what makes the two click so well, Sania said: "There are many things. We complement each other's game. And I think it's really important because we're really good friends and we've known each other for a very long time.


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