Ace Tennis player Sania Mirza decided to bid adieu to professional tennis after the ongoing 2022 season as her body is wearing down. The 35-year-old announced her decision in a post-match press conference. Ahead of her retirement, let’s take a look at her early life, career, awards and more.
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Sania Mirza Biography: Tennis star Sania Mirza announced her retirement from professional tennis after the ongoing 2022 season as her body is wearing down. The announcement came after her first-round loss in women’s doubles at the Australian Open on 19 January 2022. However, she made it clear that the decision was not triggered by the first-round loss.
Here’s what Sania Mirza said at the press conference after the match.
“I’ve decided that this will be my last season. I’m taking it week by week. Not sure if I can last the season, but I want to.
There are a bunch reasons for it. It’s not as simple as ‘okay I’m not going to play’. I do feel my recovery is taking longer, I do feel, considering my son is three years old, I’m putting him at risk by travelling so much with him, that’s something I have to take into account. My body is wearing down. My knee was really hurting today and I’m not saying that’s the reason we lost but I do think that it is taking time to recover as I’m getting older.
Sania Mirza is an Indian tennis star and one of the top doubles tennis players in the world. She is the most successful Indian female tennis player. Mirza burst into the scene as a prodigiously talented teenage tennis star and won several of tournaments in the Indian local circuit before breaking into the big time when she won the Girls’ Doubles title at Wimbledon.
Mirza won a number of singles championships in the local circuit and also fared credibly in the Grand Slam singles circuit but she could not make the sort of progress that she would have liked.
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, 35, announced in January that she plans to retire this year – but she’s already having second thoughts. A few days after making her big announcement, she admitted that it was too soon as she still enjoys playing tennis and plans to “give 100 per cent for the rest of the year and doesn’t really want to think about what’s going to happen at the end of the year”, she told India Today.
Besides inspiring young women to play tennis in a cricket-obsessed country, Mirza is also known for her strong, independent spirit that have made her a role model in a number of ways.
She won one Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles title in Hyderabad in 2005, but has 43 trophies in doubles and mixed doubles, including six grand slams.
She’s won millions in prize money as India’s top women’s tennis player from 2003 to 2013, topped up by endorsements with Adidas, Wilson, Air India and Tata Tea.
When a six-year-old Mirza expressed her interest in playing tennis, her local club coach refused her, saying she was smaller than the racket. Her mother fought for her though, and got her in. “After a month, he called my parents and said, ‘You have to watch her play as I’ve never seen a six-year-old play like this.