Former world number one doubles player – Sania Mirza on Tuesday returned to the Indian Fed Cup team after four years as she was named in the five-member squad. The Indian squad also features country’s top singles player Ankita Raina.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: India's Sumit Nagal to Face Denis Istomin in Singles 1st Round, Sania Mirza-Ankita Raina Takes on Ukranian Pair in Women's Doubles
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. Also Read - Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna Slam Indian Tennis Body on Tokyo Olympic Qualification Row, Calls Situation 'Ridiculous And Shameful'; AITA Responds
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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.
Earlier, Sania confirmed that she will be back to competitive Tennis at the Hobart International in January 2020, two years after taking a maternity break.
She will team up with Ukraine’s Nadiia Kichenok, who is currently world number 38. “I am playing in Hobart, then I am playing the Australian Open. I am planning to play a tournament in Mumbai, which is a $25,000 (ITF women event) next month, but I am 50-50 about it, so let’s see how my wrist behaves. We will see, but Hobart and Australian Open (for sure),” Sania said at a press conference.
Sania, the winner of six Grand Slam titles, said she is back to her best shape.
“There are a lot of changes when you have a baby. Your routine and sleep pattern changes. I (now) feel fit, my body is where it used to be before I had the baby. It was only six-seven months ago, where I thought about it as a realistic possibility,” she further added.