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Fed Cup performance very encouraging , says Sania Mirza

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian ace feels Ankita Raina's performance in the recent was encouraging but the team must progress to the next level.

retained their place in the 1 with a 2-0 win over Chinese in the relegation play-off last week. had lost to and in the competition.

"We have always come back empty handed. We see great progress in young talent but never make the next jump. That is something we are totaly missing," said here today.

"It is very encouraging to see Ankita have those couple of wins against the top 100 players. Even though they came out on the losing end of the tie you still have to take the small positive out," she added.

Asked about who has the potential to be the next Sania, the 31-year-old said the she should not be the benchmark for the upcoming talent.

"I have been asked about who is the next for many many years and I have always said why next Sania? We should try to aim better than Sania.. Why just me."

Sania, whose doubles ranking has dipped to 14 due to a lay-off, feels persistence is the key to success and the young generation must keep working hard.

Winner of six titles, Sania, has been out of action since October 2017 due to an in her right knee but she is hopeful for a comeback.

"I don't really have a time frame (for recovery) right now, I cannot put a date to it. Every day is battle for me. But is in may end, hopefully I will be back by then," she said.

Asked about the return of stalwarts like and to the circuit, Sania said women's has unbelievable depth.

"Women's has never been a monopoly besides Serena. Apart from her it was always sort of anyone. It was only when Serena loses that it becomes wide open," she said.

"Women's tennis has unbelievable depths and therefore you see many low-ranked players defeating a world No 5 or a No 2. Serena will be back and I think she's the greatest we have ever had," Sania added.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 15:20 IST