Hyderabad: Tennis star Sania Mirza feels singles player Karman Kaur Thandi and Ankita Rana and doubles specialist Prarthna Thombare are among the most promising young tennis players in the country.
"I think Karman Kaur Thandi is very promising and Ankita Raina is right now the No. 1 women's singles player in India. Prarthna Thombare is the best doubles player we have, while Sumit Nagal has a lot of potential amongst the boys," Sania said.
Sania, who recently celebrated the world No. 1 position in doubles for 80 consecutive weeks, said there is a lot of potential in the country for tennis and one just requires proper guidance to excel.
"We do have potential and I am hopeful that with the right kind of effort, we will see the emergence of at least a few players at the Grand Slam level. Tennis is a truly global sport and the stakes are high, which makes it very competitive. We compete with the best from over 200 countries and our young talent needs proper guidance and support to help them achieve international success," she said.
The Sania Mirza Tennis Academy set by her in her home town Hyderabad is a step in the direction for promoting young talent, she added.