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Sania Mirza Resists Urge For Singles Return

Sania Mirza is practicing singles again, but the first Indian woman to hold the world No. 1 ranking has no plans for a solo return.

Coming off a historic season in which she won 10 doubles titles, including Wimbledon, the US Open and the WTA Finals championships with former No. 1 Martina Hingis, Sania says the thought of a singles return is tempting, but insists it won't happen.

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"Honestly, I have thought about playing singles many times and if my body allowed it, then I would have," Mirza told the Gulf News. "Believe it or not, I was practicing singles points as well yesterday, but I find it is tough to accept the fact that I can’t play singles even though I still have the level as a tennis player to play singles."

The world No. 1 doubles player, who underwent right wrist surgery earlier in her career, last played a full season of singles in 2011. Mirza won her lone singles title in 2005 at Hyderabad, finishing that season ranked No. 31. She achieved a career-high singles ranking of No. 27 in 2007, but was plagued by injuries that forced her to focus on doubles.

"So if my body did allow me, then I would have (returned to singles)," Mirza said. "Am I tempted to play singles? Sure, yes. Is it going to happen? Probably, not."

The Mirza-Hingis doubles pairing, nicknamed "Santina" by fans in a vote on social media, concluded the season on a 22-match winning streak.

“We are like the hunted team," Mirza said. "Everyone comes out all guns blazing as they have nothing to lose. It’s not easy to be in this position, but it’s a privilege."

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