Sania Mirza was earlier chosen for TOPS in 2017.© Instagram
Indian tennis participant Sania Mirza was on Wednesday chosen for Goal Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) throughout the 56th Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) assembly. Sania is making her comeback within the TOPS as she was earlier chosen for TOPS throughout the fourth assembly of the TOPS Elite Athletes Identification Committee that was held in 2017 on the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) headquarters. However quickly after the choice, she had withdrawn from TOPS.
She is presently ranked 157th on this planet however has a protected rating of 9 (doubles rating) primarily based on which she is more likely to go to the Tokyo Olympics, slated to start in July this yr.
In accordance with WTA, particular rating is a rating freeze assigned to a participant who’s out of competitors for a minimal interval of six months resulting from a medical situation. When a participant is out of competitors for greater than 52 weeks, they get a rating freeze for 3 years primarily based on their final event performed. Inside this 3-year interval, the participant can enter 12 tournaments utilizing their protected rating (1 Grand Slam/Olympics & 1 WTA 1000 Obligatory Occasion).
Sania was out of competitors for greater than 52 weeks that’s from October 2017 and returned to competitors final yr in January 2020 when she made a comeback by successful her first doubles event in practically 2 years.
Sania’s out of competitors interval started in October 2017 with an utility for a particular rating of 9. In October 2018 she ended her being pregnant interval and began parental care with a deadline of 104 weeks (October 2018 – October 2020) till her return to competitors.
In January 2020 she made her comeback and entered three tournaments together with the Australian Open earlier than the coronavirus pandemic partially concluded the tennis season. Throughout this time, the return to competitors deadline is prolonged for added 52 weeks, thus extending Sania’s protected rating until October 2021.
She has 9 tournaments remaining together with the Tokyo Olympics out of 12 to enter via the protected rating of World No. 9. Therefore, she’s going to achieve direct acceptance into the doubles draw of 32 and might choose anybody as a companion who’s ranked inside the highest 300 from India as of June 7.