Sania Mirza to make Fed Cup return after four years as India unveil five-member squad for event

Sania Mirza last played Fed Cup in 2016 and has been out of action since October 2017 as she took a two-year break to start a family.

Press Trust of India December 24, 2019 19:35:58 IST
Sania Mirza to make Fed Cup return after four years as India unveil five-member squad for event
  • Sania last played Fed Cup in 2016 and has been out of action since October 2017 as she took a two-year break to start a family

  • Riya Bhatia (379), Rutuja Bhosale (466) and Karman Kaur Thandi (568) figure in the squad along with Ankita Raina (180)

  • Former Davis Cupper Vishal Uppal will be the captain of the side while former Fed Cupper Ankita Bhambri has been named the coach

New Delhi: Doubles star Sania Mirza on Tuesday returned to the Indian Fed Cup team after four years as she was named in the five-member squad, which features country's top singles player Ankita Raina.

Sania Mirza to make Fed Cup return after four years as India unveil fivemember squad for event

File image of Sania Mirza. Reuters

Sania last played Fed Cup in 2016 and has been out of action since October 2017 as she took a two-year break to start a family.

Riya Bhatia (379), Rutuja Bhosale (466) and Karman Kaur Thandi (568) also figure in the squad.

Ranked 180 in the WTA singles chart, Ankita is way above her compatriots.

Former Davis Cupper Vishal Uppal will be the captain of the side while former Fed Cupper Ankita Bhambri has been named the coach of the side, which will have Sowjanya Bavisetti as the reserve player.

Sania is making a comeback at Hobart International with Ukraine's Nadiia Kichenok, the current world number 38.

Before her sabbatical, Sania won six doubles Grand Slam titles — including three mixed — achieved the number one rank, won medals at multi-disciplinary events apart from laying hands on a year-end WTA Finale title with Swiss great Martina Hingis.

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