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Sania makes first round exit

India's Sania Mirza yesterday said a gold medal at the London Olympics is her primary focus for 2012 after she lost 4-6, 2-6 to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in Round One of the Australian Open. Mirza, once ranked 27th in the world, was anything but downcast and said her main goal was the mixed doubles in London in July.


Sania Mirza reacts during her 4-6, 2-6 first round defeat to Bulgarian
Tsvetana Pironkova


"It was my second singles match in the last five months. Obviously I'm always coming back from a surgery process. Not a lot of people know but I have extra-lax joints and I am double-jointed, because of which I'm more prone to getting injured in my joints. I've had two knee surgeries and a wrist surgery -- it's not easy."

Mirza said she'd be focusing on mixed doubles at the Olympics and would be paired with either Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes or Rohan Bopanna. "A medal's a medal at the Olympics and it doesn't matter if you get it in singles, doubles or mixed. I'm in a great position to choose from three people of the World's  Top 12 in (in doubles)."

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