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'I have learnt to get mentally tough'

October 3, 2007

Text: Monika Joshi

Confidence.

It is, say connoisseurs, the key to sporting excellence. It is, too, a quality Sania Mirza wears as part of her personality, with as much panache as those dangling ear rings and feisty T-shirts ('I'm cute? No shit!) that upstaged Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the 2005 US Open.

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    It has been as noticeable a part of her game as the forehand experts say is as hard as any in the women's game -- and to Mirza's credit, she has invariably walked her talk.

    Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

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