I'm worried, says injured Sania

After her loss to Daniela Hantuchova, Sania says she's perturbed with her wrist problem but does not want a surgery at this stage of her career.

updated: March 19, 2008 13:10 IST
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Indian Wells (USA):

Sania Mirza is worried over her recurrent wrist injury as it could either result in a surgery or require her to change her grip and action, an idea she is not keen on at this stage of her career.

Sania, who played in pain before losing out to Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in the Pacific Life Open pre-quarters here yesterday, said she would try to avoid surgery but was also not keen on changing the way she grips the racket at the crucial stage in her career.

"Right now it's very, very painful... I couldn't move my wrist," she said after her 1-6, 6-7 (4/7) loss.

"Usually it doesn't get this sore, so I'm a little worried right now. It gets sore and then it gets OK when I ice it and do whatever I have to do," she told reporters.

Sania, seeking MRI to diagnose the actual problem, said she would look for some other options to cure it.

"It's a big step to even change it half an inch because my game is my forehand. You know, it's not easy to change a grip at the stage where you're, like, 30 in the world. I would obviously like to look at other options before that."

Sania had suffered the injury after US Open Grand Slam last year, which had also forced her to withdraw from her home WTA event.