Reacting to Sania Mirza’s press statement in which she lashed out at the All India Tennis Association (AITA), national selector SP Mishra said that the Hyderabadi acted on an impulse.
“It was a very impulsive statement, at the end of the day she must have regretted it. I don’t think there are differences between her and Leander,” Mishra told CNN-IBN.
“She has played earlier with Leander and they have performed well and won medals and I think they are capable of getting us good results in the Olympics too,” added Mishra.
He also said that Paes must be sulking about not getting the partner of his choice, but was confident that he would play in London.
“I think he will come around because playing the Olympics for a sixth time for any person in any sport is one of the greatest honour,” he said.
When asked why Sania was not consulted before the teams were picked, Mishra said, “They could have consulted her but at that time her entry was not sure. She was yet to get a wildcard to play at the Olympics.”
Mishra also felt that the Sania’s allegation that she was neglected by the AITA because she was a woman doesn’t hold true. “I don’t think so she was neglected. Sania is a player in her own right,” he said.