A nearly two-decade-long professional tennis career will come to an end for Indian tennis superstar Sania Mirza next month. It will be her last tournament as a professional tennis player next month when she competes in the WTA 1000 event in Dubai. Former No. 1 in the world in doubles, the Hyderabad-based tennis player resides in the United States. At present, she ranks 24th in the world and reached the pole position on April 13, 2015.
According to a recent interview with the WTA, the 36-year-old superstar, who has helped popularise tennis in India, has confirmed that, at the end of the Dubai Tennis Championships, a WTA 1000 event that begins on February 19, she will retire from tennis.
In spite of the fact that Sania had originally decided to retire at the end of last season, she changed her mind after an elbow injury forced her to withdraw from the 2022 US Open and force her to end the season in August.
The Dubai WTA 1000 tennis event in February will be Sania Mirza’s last tournament.
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Sania Mirza, one of the most successful Indian tennis players in history, has announced that she will retire from professional tennis in the year 2023. Mirza announced her retirement from professional tennis in an interview with the World Tennis Association on January 6th 2022.
In an interview with the World Tennis Association website, the 36-year-old said that the Dubai Tennis Championships in February would be her last tournament as a professional tennis player.
In addition to her mixed doubles success, Sania won three Grand Slams in women’s doubles as well. In the past, Sania and former tennis superstar Martina Hingis were very successful. In total, both of them won 14 titles in their respective sports careers.
There is a good chance that Sania Mirza will play her last Grand Slam tournament in February. As a result of the injury, Sania missed out on a Grand Slam by not being able to participate in the US Open in 2022. In spite of starting to play tennis at an early age, Sania has been able to raise India’s status at the global level many times over the years. During her time as a member of the Indian team at many international tournaments, she won many medals.
Sania Mirza Career Highlights
Here are some highlights from her career:
In Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Sania Mirza was born on November 15, 1986. Hyderabad was the place where she spent her childhood. Imran Mirza moved to Hyderabad after Sania’s birth for work. Sports journalist Imran Mirza worked for the BBC. In the future, he will start a printing business. In Hyderabad, Sania was admitted to The Nizam Club when she was just 6 years old by her father. Sania agreed to train Mirza even though the coach refused to teach such a small girl.
Sania put in a lot of effort
At a young age, Sania began playing tennis. The first tennis coach that Sania had was Mahesh Bhupathi, a former professional tennis player who gave her an early education on the game. Sania went on to train at the Senate Tennis Academy in Secunderabad and then moved to the US, where she joined the S Tennis Academy in order to continue her training.
Sania Mirza’s Achievements
During the World Junior Championships in Jakarta in 1999, Sania Mirza played her first international tournament. In 2003, she also won the Wimbledon Championship girls’ doubles title. In the 2003 US Open Girls’ Doubles, she reached the semi-finals. At the Afro-Asian Games, Sania won four gold medals. In the beginning, Sania also played singles. With many accomplishments to her name, Sania Mirza has won six Grand Slams, thus raising the country’s profile. As well as winning three Grand Slams in mixed doubles, Sania won three in women’s doubles.
In 2005 and 2008, Sania reached the third round of the Australian Open in singles. Sania reached the second round of Wimbledon in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Her best finish in the US Open came in 2005 when she reached the fourth round. In 2007 and 2011, Sania reached the second round at the French Open. Sania switched to doubles after not getting much success in singles.
In 2009, Sania won her first Grand Slam.
At the Australian Open in 2009, Sania won her first Grand Slam in mixed doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi. In 2012, she won the French Open in mixed doubles, and in 2014, she won the US Open in mixed doubles. Sania Mirza has won six Grand Slams during her career. Additionally, Sania won three Grand Slams in women’s doubles.
Sania Mirza’s Olympics Participation
Among them are the Australian Open in 2016, Wimbledon in 2015, and the US Open in 2016. Sania has also competed in the Olympics. In 2008, she participated in the Beijing Olympics. Sania was eliminated in the first round of singles. In doubles, however, the women only reached the second round. Furthermore, she reached the semi-finals in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Later she received the Khel Ratna award.
Sania mirza Awards
She received the Arjuna Award (2004), the Padma Shri (2006), the Khel Ratna (2015), and the Padma Bhushan (2016). In 2010, Sania Mirza married Pakistan’s star cricketer Shoaib Malik after dating him for years. On October 30, 2018, Sania Mirza gave birth to her son Izhaan Mirza Malik. However, both Sania and Shoaib refused to comment on reports of their divorce last year. Currently, both hosts a show from Pakistan called Mirza-Malik.
Despite injury delaying her 2022 retirement plans, Mirza, India’s former world number one in doubles, will end her career.
Having won six Grand Slam doubles titles, she is considered India’s greatest women’s tennis player. At the Australian Open, where she won the women’s doubles title in 2016, she competes in her final major.
“I was going to stop right after the WTA Finals because we were going to make the WTA Finals, but I tore my tendon in my elbow right before U.S. Open, so I had to pull out of everything,”Mirza told the WTA Tour’s website in an interview published on Friday.
After suffering a lingering calf injury in July, Mirza was unable to compete at the American Tennis U.S. Open.
“Honestly, the person that I am, I like to do things on my own terms. So I don’t want to be forced out by injury. So I’ve been training,”Sania Mirza added
Mirza’s final Wimbledon appearance ended in disappointment when she lost to Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk in the mixed doubles semi-finals on July 20, 2022.
Why Sania Mirza Is Retiring?
Mirza said that his body is beat because she is 36 years old. In addition, She said
“I don’t really have the capacity in my mind to be emotionally pushed that much any more. I turned pro in 2003. Priorities change, and now my priority is not to push my body to the limit every single day,”According to her interview with Curly Tales Middle East.
“We’re trying to spread and bring tennis to people’s homes, and that’s really the plan,”Said Mirza, who peaked at No.27 in the world in singles.
For me it’s important to share my experience in the places that I live in, that’s why I have one in Hyderabad since 2013 and one in Dubai,”Sania Mirza Concluded
After retiring in Dubai, Sania Mirza will devote herself to academics. Mirza and her husband, Shoaib Malik, have lived there for more than a decade. Having won a Tennis WTA title for the first time in her career, she is the first Indian woman to do so.