"I was really sad yesterday. It is really upsetting for me. I don't know if it happens in any other country. I don't know how many times I will have to justify my Indianess, prove my patriotism," Sania told NDTV during an interview while holding back tears.

"This is such a horrible thing. Is it happening because I am a woman or I am married to a man from another country, why am I picked on?

"I got medals for India after I got married. If someone questions my roots, my family even after all that I won't let that happen. I am representing Talengana and India when I am playing and I will continue to do that. I will remain an Indian until the end of my life," she said.

The TRS government had appointed Sania as brand ambassador of the newly carved-out state.

However, the decision didn't go down well with Telangana BJP leader K Laxman, who questioned the tennis star's credentials for the honour and termed her as "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan.

Condemning the remark, Sania issued a strong statement, saying: "I strongly condemn any attempts by any person to brand me an outsider. Hurts me that so much time is being wasted on a petty issue of my being appointed as brand ambassador of Telangana."

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