Sania Mirza was a set of at least a silver medal – with Rohan Bopanna in the mixed doubles semifinals – at the Rio 2016 Olympics. They lost to Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram and were also denied a bronze medal by the Czechs, Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka.

After the birth of her son, Sania, 34, ranked 156th in doubles, has now set the Tokyo Olympics as her main goal.

When she left the WTA Tour in October 2017, Sania was ranked No. 9 in the world. Quite aptly, Sania kept most of its 12 ranking entries protected to prepare for Tokyo.

She has played six tournaments on her return in the past two years. She won Hobart immediately upon her return and competed in the Australian Open. She took advantage of wild card entries in Doha and Dubai, keeping her ranking entry protected.

As the rules allow an extended period of protected ranking registration until October 2021, Sania will have the opportunity to choose a doubles partner for Tokyo, ranked in the top 300. A top 10 player is directly accepted into the draw. comes out of the double of 32, with a partner.

In light of all these facts, the Target Olympic Podium Program (TOPS), at its meeting on Wednesday, put Sania back into its fold with adequate government funding.

Sania was part of the TOPS program earlier in the current Olympic cycle, but withdrew from the program when she left the Tour in 2017.

Sania is preparing in Dubai, with Ankita Raina, India’s No. 1 in singles, the play-offs of the Billie Jean King Cup World Group which will be played against Latvia on April 16 and 17 in Jurmala.

Asian Games gold medalists Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan will be responsible for securing a men’s doubles entry in Tokyo, so India can field a mixed doubles team for a shot for a medal.

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