It was the perfect saved secret in Indian ladies’s tennis for a while.
The nation’s top-ranked girl participant, Ankita Raina, went on Instagram to announce that she can be competing within the Tokyo Olympics doubles occasion with six-time Grand Slam champion Sania Mirza.
“I’ll do my greatest to make India proud!” Ankita said.
Former World No. 1 Sania will make the Olympics entry on the premise of her injury-protected rating of No. 9. As per the rule, Sania could make the doubles draw with a associate ranked within the top-300.
The 28-year-old Ankita is 183 in singles and 95 in doubles. The rating checklist on June 14 might be relevant for making the minimize.
Sania had performed the final three Olympics in Beijing, London and Rio with Sunitha Rao, Rushmi Chakravarthi and Prarthana Thombare respectively.
There’s additionally a robust risk of Ankita making the singles entry in Tokyo because the Asian Video games bronze medallist.
The gold and silver medallists from China, Wang Qiang and Shuai Zhang, ranked 39 and 46 in the mean time, may get direct entry when 56 gamers are taken into the Olympics singles occasion on the premise of their world rating.
Earlier than the Billie Jean King Cup World Group play-off in Latvia lately, Sania had invited Ankita to Dubai for a week-long coaching.
The 2 had been quickly inducted into the Goal Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) by Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) in order to offer them funding for Olympic preparation.
Thanking her employer Oil and Pure Gasoline Company (ONGC), Ankita wrote, “the hassle and exhausting work put in all these years have been fruitful along with your invaluable help and encouragement”.