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Sania rates them as India's next generation of tennis stars...

October 23, 2016 21:35 IST

Ankita Raina

IMAGE: Ankita Raina. Photograph: Ankita Raina/Twitter

Tennis ace Sania Mirza has revealed the names of players she thinks will rule the tennis circuit in a few years time.

According to the World No 1, India’s singles players Karman Kaur Thandi and Ankita Raina, as well as doubles specialist Prarthna Thombare are among the most promising young tennis players in the country.

"I think Karman Kaur Thandi is very promising and Ankita Raina is right now the no. 1 women's singles player in India. Prarthna Thombare is the best doubles player we have, while Sumit Nagal has a lot of potential amongst the boys," Sania told PTI.

Sumit Nagal 

IMAGE: Sumit Nagal. Photograph: Kind Courtesy Sumit Nagal

Sania, who recently completed 80 consecutive weeks as the world number one in doubles, said there is a lot of potential in the country for tennis.

"We do have potential and I am hopeful that with the right kind of effort, we will see the emergence of at least a few players at the Grand Slam level. Tennis is a truly global sport and the stakes are high, which makes it very competitive. We compete with the best from over 200 countries and our young talent needs proper guidance and support to help them achieve international success," she said.

The SaniaMirzaTennisAcademy set by her in her home town Hyderabad is a step in the direction for promoting young talent, she added.            

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