New Delhi: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was included in the government's 'Target Olympic Podium' scheme (TOPS) after four years on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Sania, who has won several Grand Slam trophies, decided to withdraw from the Topps scheme in 2017, four years ago due to injury. He was included in the TOPS during the 56th meeting of the Mission Olympic Unit here. He had to stay out of the game for a long time due to injury.
Sports Authority of India (SAI) said- Yes, Sania has been included in the Topps list recently. Sania took a break from the game due to the birth of the child. He has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics based on his Protected ranking. He is currently ranked 157 in the world rankings but the WTA. As per the rules, when a player takes more than six months off for injury or childbirth, they can request for a 'special ranking' (also known as a 'protected' ranking). .
A player's special rankings are the world rankings after he participated in his last tournament and in Sania's case it was the China Open played in October 2017. She was then ranked ninth in the world rankings at that time. So Sania has a special ranking of nine at the moment and she has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
The WTA due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. Had started special rankings for all the players. Sania did not play tennis for 2 years due to the birth of the child and she started the Hobart International WTA at the start of the season last year. Returned to the court from the tournament. She teamed up with Nadia Kithenok of Ukraine to win the women's doubles title.