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Surgery on cards, Sania to miss Australian Open

Kolkata: Sania Mirza said on Saturday that she will not be taking part in the Australian Open early next year due to a right knee injury.
"Basically I have something that's called a jumper's knee. So it's extremely painful...like I am okay to walk but it's painful to change directions and play. That's the biggest problem. So I can run straight but I can't actually do plyometric stuff on it," the 31-year-old said told reporters on the sidelines of the Premjit Lall Invitational Tennis Tournamen t at the Jaidip Mukherjea Academy.
"When I spoke to my doctor a couple of months ago, they told me to take a couple of months off, then see how it feels before getting into a process of either surgery or injections or whatever. So when I saw them, the pain wasn't less after two months. So mow we have to take a call whether we have to do a surgery or take a couple of injections.
"I can't tell you a definitive when but it won't be before the next couple of months atleast. I will be missing the Australian Open for sure," Sania added. Sania said she will need time to get back on the court though expressing hope that she will take part in the Commonwealth Games (April 4-15) and Asian Games (August 18-September 2) next year.
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