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My international career took off after the National Games in 2002: Sania Mirza

New Delhi25/9/22:: Indian tennis diva Sania Mirza has no doubt in her mind that the National Games had given her international career a major boost.

“I was just 16 years old when I took part in the Games in 2002. I did well and came into the limelight. It proved to be the perfect impetus for my international career,” Sania said.

The trendsetting and path-breaking Hyderabadi went on to win six Grand Slam titles in a glittering career.

But before that, she had played plenty of tennis in India, starting nearly two decades back. From the junior nationals in Delhi to the National Games and then the WTA tournaments in Hyderabad. Her journey has inspired almost every player, including Gujarat’s Ankita Raina. The Super Mom is excited that the Games are being held in Gujarat, that too after a gap of seven years. “Here is wishing the organisers all success and the competitors the very best of luck in achieving their aspirations,” she said.“This is the perfect platform to test yourself and, then, embark on the international stage,” she added. She has a straightforward message for all the competitors and not just tennis players.

She pointed out that National Games were unique, being a fusion of seasoned players, who have already scaled several peaks in the international arena, and rising stars. “The presence of top athletes in National Games is a great source of inspiration to the emerging talent,” Sania Mirza, now recovering from a wrist injury sustained ahead of the recent US Open, declared.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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