RIO DE JANEIRO: Tennis Player Sania Mirza believes that there is enough pressure on them as athletes to consider perspectives like why India is yet to win an Olympic award till the 6th day of the rivalries.
"I don't feel any extra pressure. I just feel responsible every time I step on the court, whether at the Olympics or Grand Slam. It's very tough. If you have to win the tournament, you have to win everybody. You have to hope for the best," Sania said.
When asked her whether there is a pressure of winning a medal, she said, "Individuals watch Rio Olympics 2016 every day and morning. As athletes, we have dealt enough pressure, point after point. We can't think about other aspects what happened outside. Hopefully it's going to happen and we are going to win the medal or somebody else. "
She received two medals in her third Olympics. She asserted that it feels a world tome. "Personally for me, it would be amazing to win a medal at the Olympics which I don't have. It would mean the world to us. We would do whatever we can and put our best forward," Sania said.
When talked about the matches against British Players Andy Murray and Heather Watson, Sania said: "It was a tough match. I've been saying this for one year, every match will be tough in the mixed. Playing Grand Slam champions in every round. It's great to get that win in straight sets. Anything is possible in a super tie-break.”
She added that, "There's always room for improvement no matter how good you play. I'm really hard on myself. I want to make every return, every serve and every point count. That's the way it is."
Sania and Bopanna won the match in last 73 minutes. They had a bit of struggle in the first set when Bopanna could not hold his serve after in between two breaks. "I obviously feel we both can play better. Rohan played really well today but we both have to play better to win the next match," she said.
Sania said, "First round is always tricky because you play against someone who probably don't play regularly together. You don't know what to expect."
When asked Sania whether there's a lot of pressure on them as India are yet to open their account in medals tally she said: "We as tennis players, people have been unfair to us saying we play individual sports. I feel we play for our country no matter where we play. We always feel like we play for India."