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Piperno lauds Indian players' efforts

Amitabha Das Sharma

KOLKATA: The story may have ended for Indian women in the Sunfeast Open singles but the Federation Cup coach, Enrico Piperno, summed up their efforts in glowing terms. "It was a fantastic week for the Indian women,'' he said.

The Indian participation in the tournament set a record. There were six Indian names on the board in the main draw and this was unique considering the stature of the tournament — a WTA tier-III event. It marked a big jump for the Indian women's tennis, said Piperno.

"If you put their performance in perspective, the Indian women tennis players have made amazing improvement and won the respect they deserved from the rest of the world,'' said Piperno on Friday after Shikha Uberoi's quarterfinal loss. He said that Sania Mirza and Shikha formed the nucleus of the group while the Bhambri sisters — Ankita and Sanaa — and a few other names from the top 10, including Rushmi Chakravarthi, were in the periphery. "Their performance has improved remarkably over the last few years and we can dream of winning medals in the continental competitions like the Asian Games,'' he said.

The first round of the Sunfeast Open featured all the names the coach mentioned. "Rushmi and Ankita played excellent tennis qualifying into the main draw. They showed good temperament and technique before losing against more accomplished opponents,'' he said. He added that Sania had already made her niche and it was for Shikha to prove a point, "which she did here reaching the quarterfinals.'' Piperno said that if Sania and Shikha could steady their performance graph, Indian women's tennis would sail higher.

"There are some areas which need to be worked upon. One such area is the physical aspect. Tennis now is 80 per cent physical fitness and 20 per cent technique. We need a good plan to increase the power and endurance level of the Indian players,'' he said.

The coach said that Shikha Uberoi was a good example on the fitness front. "She is working with her teammates on this factor ever since she joined the team,'' Piperno concluded.

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