Sania Mirza during a promotional, in Mumbai, on Tuesday
Mumbai: Winning a medal in next year's Rio Olympics would be a dream come true, but if it did not happen, it won't be the end of the world, said tennis star Sania Mirza on Tuesday.
"It's just a hope. If we (she and Leander Paes) win (a medal in mixed doubles), it will be a dream come true. If we don't, life goes on. It's not the end of the world," said the world No.1 in women's doubles at a promotional event here. Sania was responding to a question about former Davis Cup star Ramesh Krishnan's recent statement that the mixed doubles provided Paes the best chance to win his second Olympic medal (with Sania as partner) in Rio. Paes had won a singles bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
"He's (Paes) talking about one more Olympics but with each passing day it is getting difficult. I am sure he is hoping and we are also hoping for one last push. The only thing is you can prepare yourself well. You never know what will happen. Mixed doubles is the best option," he said.
Sania returned from Singapore on Monday after winning the doubles title with Martina Hingis in the season-ending WTA Finals.
Sania was also very pleased about Martina Navrotilova's description in a tweet about her performance in Singapore after presenting the winner's trophy to top seeds Sania and Martina.
"It's a great honour and I am humbled. She told me I am seeing the ball like a football," said Sania.
The Indo-Swiss pair beat the Spanish pair of Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets in the summit clash to clinch the WTA Finals women's doubles crown on Sunday last in Singapore.