Thursday, 24 March 2011

Double S do India proud....

The Indian Tennis's double S - Sania and Somdev have done really well in the last few weeks. While Somdev was a key player for India against Serbia in the Davis Cup and also reached the pre-quarters of Indian Wells Tournament, Sania sneaked in a good doubles play and won the women's double at the same tournament at Indian Wells, US.

Somdev Devvarman is the new flag bearer of Indian Men's tennis. He shone bright in the Davis cup tie against last year's winners Serbia. Although the score line of 1-4 in favor of Serbia does not reflect much, but Somedev was the shining light winning the only match against Tapservic, ranked 45 in the world. He paired with Rohan Bopanna, to give a tough fight to the Serbians in the crucial doubles match. The match lasted over 3 hrs. and was a treat to watch.

Next, He moved to the US and played thru the qualifiers to reach the main draw. He beat good and seeded players like Baghdatis, the 19th seed, to reach the pre-quarterfinals and ran into Rafael Nadal, the World No.1. By the way, he beat Baghdatis 7-5, 6-0!!!

It was a good opportunity for Somdev to show his class against Nadal.. and he did so in style. He started by being 2-0 up in the 1st set and then moved to 5-5 before losing the first set 7-5. Everyone thought that the second set would be a cakewalk for Nadal and were expecting a 6-0 whitewash, but Somdev surprised everyone and held him 4-4 before losing 6-4. The highlight of his play was mixing the speeds of his serves and made Nadal do a lot of work on the returns. One of the ralies lasted 23 strokes and was a real treat to watch. At the end, the crowd gave him a standing ovation!!

Watching him play like this made me really proud and we can say that a top 50 slot is not far and we will see a lot of him in the coming days.

Somdev is now ranked 73rd after his brilliant run at Indian Wells, up 11 places.

Meanwhile, Sania Mirza participated in the Women's doubles at the same tournament at Indian Wells. She partnered Russia's Elena Vesnina . After some splendid play, they reached the finals and finally won against eighth seeds Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy 6-0, 7-5.

For records, Mirza and Vesnina, who were quarter-finalists at Dubai and Doha in February, were unseeded in this Indian Wells tournament.

Perhaps Sania is looking to move to doubles as her Singles ranking is not going where she would like it to be. Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, Let's see what more good results we get from the double S :-).

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