Mumbai: India's tennis star Sania Mirza says she has set her sights on the 2012 Australian Open.'I am focusing on Australian Open and preparing hard for it.

There is a lot of time to go for the event and anything can happen in between,' Sania said here during a event organised by the Indian Merchants' Chamber (IMC).

Asked about the controversies surrounding her, Sania said: 'I never paid attention to the opinions of the people. They have opinions and I have mine. I have never responded to the controversies on what I wear, whom I marry and what I talk about and hence, why should it matter?'

Sania was also amused that her marriage with former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik became a topic of debate on both sides of the border.

'It's about two people getting married irrespective of their nationalities. Why should nationality come in between? I was asked if this would improve the political relations between the two countries and I did not see any sense in such questions,' she said.

'The media was camping outside my home and a chai-wala opened up his shop to cash-on the media frenzy. There have been good and bad experiences but because I have been seeing the media glamour from very early age, I have grown up to accept it,' she said.

(Agencies)