India's top woman tennis player, Sania Mirza, blasted the national federation for using her as ''bait'' in a compromise to resolve a dispute over team selection for the Olympics.
Mirza said in a statement late Tuesday that her interests were ignored in a bid to pacify senior player Leander Paes, who had threatened to pull out of the London contingent after being paired in doubles with little known Vishnu Vardhan.
Paes was asked to partner with Vardhan after Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna refused to play with Paes in London because they have been playing together on the ATP circuit.
The All India Tennis Association tried to pacify Paes by naming him to the mixed-doubles team with Mirza even though Bhupathi and Mirza recently won the French Open.
''As an Indian woman belonging to the 21st century, what I find disillusioning is the humiliating manner in which I was put up as bait to try and pacify one of the disgruntled stalwarts of Indian tennis,'...