Report: Sania returns to practice

Sunday, May 1, 2005 (Hyderabad):

Sania Mirza is back to courts for a practice session and plans to play at least one tournament before the French Open.

Sania, who was advised a 15-day rest and had to pull out of the Federation Cup at Delhi, practiced for about 45 minutes in the morning and will gradually increase the time at the tennis complex courts.

"She was comfortable but had a slight pain in the ankle while going for high serves," Sania's father Imran Mirza said.

Doctor's orders

A tele-consultancy was held last night with Dr K J Reddy and on his advise Sania started the practice session, he added.

Dr Reddy, who had earlier advised 15 days rest after studying the MRI and other medical reports asked Sania to start practice in a graded manner as "the Oedema on the ankle has come down considerably".

Sania, who was given a wild card in the French Open along with defending champion Anastasia Myskina and runner-up Elena Dementieva (both Russia) plans to play at least one tournament which serves as a practice match before the big event beginning this month end. (PTI)