“It’s a nice alternative, particularly for the youthful ladies. It’s a historic tie as we have now by no means been on this place earlier than. It’ll give plenty of publicity and expertise to those ladies,” Sania instructed The Instances of India from Jurmala, about 40 kms from nationwide capital Riga.
“They’re younger and clearly keen, and excited to be right here. They’re gonna be taught rather a lot from it, win or lose.”
In addition to Sania, the Indian crew consists of Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi, Rutuja Bhosale and Zeel Desai with Riya Bhatia as reserve and Vishaal Uppal because the captain.
The house crew is spearheaded by 2017 French Open champion and world No. 52 Jelena Ostapenko and contains No 47 Anastasija Sevastova, No. 274 Diana Marcinkevica, No. 492 Daniela Vismane and 18-year-old rookie Patricija Spaka.
“Ostapenko is certainly one of many gifted youthful ladies. She hits the ball actually large. In all probability the place we will catch her is on the truth that most likely she does not transfer as nicely,” Sania mentioned.
“However apart from that, she has obtained a completely world class backhand. That is her greatest energy. She is somebody who has performed on the large phases, used to play large matches.
“We’re simply going to need to play nicely. The ladies need to put their head down and consider it as some other match and really overlook the scenario, and benefit from the second.
“They need to keep in mind that the stress is on them.”
The April 16-17 tie will even see the Indian girls being concerned within the home-and-away format for the primary time, not like the continental group phases that are performed in a round-robin foundation at impartial venues.
The winner of the tie advances to the World Group Qualifier in early 2022.
Sania mentioned that though the change to taking part in an opponent at their residence was a bit “complicated”, she was “pleased with both method” and “simply comfortable to be there”.
One factor, nevertheless, she would favor to have been completely different was having the doubles match performed between the 2 set of singles rubbers as an alternative of it being performed on the finish.
“If it was upto me, I’d undoubtedly play the doubles after the primary two singles matches. I feel that method it may make an enormous distinction to the results of the tie,” she mentioned.
“I do not understand how others really feel about that, however I really feel that needs to be the case as a result of whether or not it’s one-all or 2-0 on both facet, doubles could make a distinction.”
Sania performed down the problem of being away from her two-year outdated son Izhaan whereas travelling to Latvia.
“Changing into a mom is the most important blessing I’ve ever obtained, it’s one thing I can’t evaluate with anything. Having mentioned that, whereas I play it’s nothing completely different,” she mentioned.
“Clearly it’s good when he’s round me. However with the covid scenario I needed to depart him (behind in Dubai). I do not wanna danger travelling with him.
“It’s undoubtedly not simple to depart your two-year-old behind. He’s along with his dad (Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik) proper now, so he’s superb.
“It is a one-off factor. Often I do journey with him most locations as a result of that is the place I really feel most snug each mentally in addition to bodily.”