One of India’s most celebrated Tennis sports stars, Sania Mirza has announced that she will retire from tennis after 2022.
On Wednesday India tennis star Sania Mirza announced that she will hang up her racquet at the end of 2022 as her body is “wearing down” and the motivation and energy for everyday grind are not the same anymore.
Sania will retire as India’s most talented woman tennis player, winner of six Grand Slam titles, including three mixed doubles trophies.
Sania quit singles after a wrist injury to focus on doubles and enjoyed exceptional results. She reached top-30 in singles with 27 being her career-best rank.
At the age of 35, she made the retirement announcement after losing the Australian Open women’s doubles first round with partner Nadiia Kichenok. They lost to Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek and Kaja Juvan.
Mirza said at the post-match press conference, There’s a lot of reasons for it. I do feel my recovery is taking longer and considering my son is three years old, I do feel I am putting him at risk by traveling so much with him. Unfortunately, the pandemic is making us take few decisions for the well-being of ourselves and our family.”
Mirza said that I still want to play the season because I’m enjoying it enough to play the year. I’ve worked very hard to come back, get fit, lose weight and try to set a good example for mothers, new mothers to follow their dreams as much as they can. Beyond this season, I don’t feel my body doing it.”