Sania, Somdev get wild cards for London Olympics

Sania, Somdev get wild cards for London OlympicsNew Delhi: Indian tennis player Sania Mirza finally got a wildcard for 2012 London Olympics along with Rushmi Chakraborty in women’s doubles event.

Somdev Devvarman, too, was given a wild card in men’s singles, thereby making it the largest tennis contingent ever fielded by India in Olympics.

It was learnt that the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has got a letter from ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti stating that they have awarded wild cards to Sania and Rushmi for women’s doubles event and Somdev for men’s singles.

Sania Mirza couldn’t protect her top 10 ranking in doubles, slipping to 12 in the latest Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) charts which were released earlier, and that left her with no choice but to get a wild card to participate at the London Olympics.

The All India Tennis Association was trying hard to get a wild card for her.

With the team for men’s doubles still not finalized, AITA had confirmed a couple of days back that Leander Paes and not Mahesh Bhupathi will partner Sania at the Olympics in mixed doubles.

With PTI inputs

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