Sania Mirza Talks Retirement In February 2023
Sania Mirza and Anna Danilin of Kazakhstan will compete in women's doubles at the Australian Open in January and retire in February.
Sania Mirza has announced that she is leaving the world of competitive tennis. The former World No. 1 doubles player declared that she would hang up her racket during the February WTA 1000 competition in Dubai.
In an interview with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) website, Mirza discussed her retirement.
In January, the 36-year-old will compete in the women’s doubles competition at the Australian Open with Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan. After missing the US Open the previous year due to an elbow ailment, this is her final appearance at a Grand Slam competition.
Mirza had intended to retire after the 2022 season due to a longstanding calf issue. Still, an elbow injury in August prevented her from competing in the US Open.
“I don’t have the capacity to emotionally push that much anymore. I turned pro in 2003…Priorities change, and now my priority is not to push my body to the limit every single day,” Sania Mirza said to WTA in the interview revealing her retirement plans.
After retiring, Mirza will concentrate on her education in Dubai, where she has lived with her husband, the former Pakistan cricket player Shoaib Malik, for more than ten years.
Mirza, who is recognised as the best female tennis player in her nation, has won six Grand Slam doubles championships. This month, she will compete in her final major at the Australian Open, where she won the women’s doubles title in 2016.
When Mirza won the Hyderabad tournament in 2005, she made history by being the first Indian woman to claim a WTA singles title. By 2007, she had broken into the top 30 and was ranked 27th in the world, which was a career-high.
In January 2021, Sania said, “there’s a few [sic] 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’m putting my 3-year-old son at risk by travelling so much with him, that’s something I have to take into account. I think my body is wearing down.”
Her first victory was in 2009 when she teamed up with Mahesh Bhupathi to win the Australian Open mixed doubles championship.
In the 2012 French Open, she and Bhupati each took home a victory.
When she teamed up with Brazilian player Bruno Soares in the 2014 US Open, she won her third mixed doubles championship.
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis, a Swiss legend, won three consecutive Grand Slam doubles championships in 2015.
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