Wrist injury forces Sania to concede first round match

August 11th, 2008 - 9:50 pm ICT by IANS  

By V Krishnaswamy
Beijing, August 11 (IANS) Things just have not gone Sania Mirza’s way at the Beijing Olympics. After being in the centre of the dress controversy — as she wore trousers for the Opening Ceremony Marchpast — Sania was forced to concede her first round singles due to the recurrence of pain in her injured right wrist. She left the court after 46 minutes as she trailed Czech Republic’s Iveta Benesova 1-6, 1-2. Unable to bear the pain , she left the court weeping. Sania is now a doubtful starter even for Tuesday’s doubles match in which she partners Sunitha Rao.

Sania left the court with physiotherapist and after consulting with doctors here, she will decide about her doubles match.

Sania said: “I had surgery on it (wrist) in April 2008 but it’s a different problem though. They don’t know what it is but it is just really hurting. It was hurting before I came, but I think you always have to give your best. I’m still going to try and play the doubles.

“I’ve been feeling constant pain now for two weeks every time I play. I’ve been on painkillers the last few days and I took about four this morning. What worries is if I am still feeling pain with that, it is a big problem. You know it numbs you up, then its fine. I came here and I tried to do my best.”

Sania, who has lost to Benesova in all the three previous encounters, looked ill at ease from the start as she held her serve just once in the first set.

Sania did break Benesova in the second set, but was unable to hold her own serve. The Czech girl went on to hold her serve in the third game and it was at this point, Sania threw in the towel.

The 56th ranked Benesova for her part forced longer rallies to tire out the injured Sania.

”It is time Sania attends to her wrist and does not to take any more risk. She should take full rest before restarting. She has a big future ahead,” said coach Nandan Bal.

On the issue of double, Bal said: “It remains to be seen whether she is able to recover quickly. The decision to play or not to play is totally hers.”

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