Indian tennis — flash in the pan or pointer to future?
Indian tennis is enjoying a wonderful run with three strong performances underlining the quality of their young players.
First it was the refreshingly energetic Somdev Devvarman who raced to the final of the Chennai Open, raising big hopes for India with their stalwarts Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes into their mid 30s.
Then 16-year-old Yuki Bhambri belied his lean frame but underlined his top ranking to claim the Australian Open boys’ singles title.
The Delhi boy is aiming to move on to the men’s circuit at the earliest, showing the understanding that the professional tour is where one needs to establish oneself.
Sania Mirza then claimed her first senior grand slam title, winning the mixed doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi, which gave him his 11th grand slam title win.
For Mirza, the title will be really sweet, coming as she is after a frustrating period due to a wrist injury.
The performances by the trio shows the potential Indian tennis has as it looks into the future.
But is India capable of building a strong line-up and then a steady stream of players who can back up the main national stars?