Tennis News: Sania Mirza, an Indian tennis player, announced her retirement plans after losing in the first round of the Australian Open women’s doubles.
“I’ve decided 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,” Mirza said during the post-match press conference.
Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan and Tamara Zidansek beat Mirza and Kichenok 6-4, 7-6 in the first round to advance in the Grand Slam.
Sania Mirza made her senior debut in 2003 and now holds the record for being India’s highest-ranked female singles player (no.27). She retired from singles in 2013 after winning noteworthy matches over Martina Hingis, Victoria Azarenka, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Dinara Safina, among others, throughout the course of her 10-year career.
Mirza’s singles career was cut short due to injury, but she specialised in doubles and won the Wimbledon and US Open in 2015, as well as the Australian Open (2016) in women’s doubles with Hingis. She has won three Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles, making her one of India’s most accomplished tennis players.
“There are several explanations for this. It’s not as easy as saying, “OK, I’m not going to play.” I believe my rehabilitation is taking longer, and I’m putting my 3-year-old kid in danger by travelling so much with him, which is something I must consider. My physique appears to be deteriorating.
My knee ached a lot today, and I’m not saying that’s why we lost, but I do think it’s taking longer to recover as I get older,” Mirza added in the news conference, confirming her decision to retire.
Mirza, a former world no. 1 in doubles, is one of just two Indian women tennis players to win a WTA title.
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