Wimbledon 2017: Uncertainty looms over Sania Mirza's doubles and mixed doubles partners

03 July 2017, 09:02 PM
Wimbledon 2017: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza
Wimbledon 2017: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is awaiting news regarding the fitness of her playing partners at Wimbledeon 2017. Both Kirsten Flipkens, Mirza’s women’s doubles partner, and Ivan Dodig, her mixed doubles’ partner, are carrying serious enough injuries that have forced the Indian to remain pessimistic on the eve of the premier tournament.

Sania chose Flipkens as her regular partner Yaroslava Shvedova was sidelined due to an injury only 3 days before the draws of the Wimbledon. She praised Flipkens as a great grass player.

Flipkens however is suffering from a shoulder injury which forced her and Mirza to withdraw from the Aegon International in Eastbourne earlier this week.

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Sania has said that she would have a better idea regarding Flipkens on Tuesday when the Belgian will play her first round singles match against Japan's Misaki Doi.

Mirza and Flipkens are all set to play their opening match at Wimbledon against Naomi Osaka and Shuai Zhang. If that was not enough, Dodig, her mixed doubles partner, is dealing with a nagging back injury which reoccured as he was competing in the singles event in Eastbourne.

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The doubles draw is set to be announced only on July 5 and Mirza has kept her fingers crossed on the Croat’s fitness. Moreover, she has hinted she is already on the lookout for a new mixed doubles partner.

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First Published: Monday, July 03, 2017 08:32 PM
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