Tonight, after a long long time, I finally saw a tennis match that kept me on the edge of my seat till the very end.
Sania Mirza vs Svetlana Kuznetsova. (And they say Indians have unpronounceable names!)
I started watching the match only when they were in the middle of the second set. Sania took the set to a tie-breaker. And won it. Doing so, she pushed the match to the third set. And battled it out with Kuznetsova, who eventually won. But as far as I’m concerned, Sania took home the praises for the day. What an amazing game she played. She fought till the end, showing a spirit that’s rarely seen in Indian players these days.
I get really mad when I read articles claiming that Sania isn’t all that she’s hyped to be and that she shouldn’t be held in such high esteem. What’s all that about?? I mean, the girl is 18. How many 18 year old Indian girls have made it as far as she has?? None, that’s how many. She deserves every bit of praise she gets and as long as she doesn’t let it get to her head, she’ll be fine.
The same goes for Narain Karthikeyan. So what if he finishes last in a race? So what if he comes behind his team-mate? Big deal!! He’s in the race, isn’t he? He finishes more often than he doesn’t. What has anyone got to complain about? The newspapers are all full of it and most of the time, you see headlines like
DISAPPOINTING FINISH FOR KARTHIKEYAN
How encouraging. And what’s a ‘disappointing finish’ anyway?? He comes 15th, when 18 players have finished, and its disappointing. He comes 11th, when only 12 have finished, and suddenly, it’s a great finish. WHAT???
I, for one, am rooting for both Sania and Karthikeyan. I have a feeling they’ll go on to do great things for India in the future. And even if they don’t, I won’t complain.