Biography of Sania Mirza: Tennis star Sania Mirza has announced her retirement from professional tennis after the current 2022 season as her body wears down. The announcement came after her first-round loss in women’s doubles at the Australian Open on January 19, 2022. However, she made it clear that the decision was not triggered by the first-round loss.
Here’s what Sania Mirza said in the post-match press conference.
“I decided it will be my last season. I take it week by week. I don’t know if I can last the season, but I want it.
There are lots of reasons for this. It’s not as simple as “Okay, I’m not going to play”. I feel like my recovery is taking longer, I feel like since my son is three, I’m putting him at risk by traveling so much with him, that’s something I have to take into account. My body is wearing out. My knee was really hurting today and I’m not saying that’s the reason we lost, but I think it takes time to recover as I get older.
Also for me to find that motivation every day to go out, the energy is no longer the same. Right now it’s there but there are days when I don’t feel like doing it. I’ve always said I’ll play until I enjoy this grind, the process and not just win, but you have to enjoy the process and I’m not sure I enjoy it more. I take enough advantage of it to play this season. I worked very hard to come back, get back in shape, lose weight and try to set a good example for mothers, new mothers to pursue their dreams as much as they can. Beyond this season, I don’t feel my body doing it.
I play at a good level. The first week in Adelaide, we (her and Kichenok) beat the top 10, 20 players. I play at a decent level. I was pretty sure it was my last season if I finished it. I’m sure I won’t be coming back to Melbourne to play the Australian Open again.
I have great memories here, in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. It was a great trip. I’m not looking forward to June or July, I’m literally going week to week, with my body, with a virus, there’s so much uncertainty. Every time I play I feel like I have a chance to win, that’s why I’m here. It’s not because of today’s disappointment. Just the way my body is. I’m not sure I can finish the season. I want to play a full season, I’m still (ranked) 50-60 in the world, I feel like I have the level to play.
As an athlete, I feel like I can go far in tournaments. But I have a little meniscus problem in my right knee, I woke up with pain in my wrist a few days ago. There is nothing wrong with that. At 35, I wake up with a few things that I don’t know where they came from. I want to finish the season, try to play until the US Open, that’s my goal. But I still have to take it week by week.”
Biography of Sania Mirza
||November 15, 1986
||5 feet 8 inches
Nasr School, Hyderabad
St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad
Imran Mirza (father)
||Izhaan Mirza Malik
||$25 million (approx.)
Biography of Sania Mirza: birth, family and upbringing
Sania Mirza was born on November 15, 1986 in Mumbai to Imran Mirza and Naseema. Her father was a sports journalist while her mother worked in a printing company.
After she was born, her family moved to Hyderabad where she and her younger sister, Anam Mirza, were raised. Anam is married to cricketer Mohammad Asaduddin, the son of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin.
Mirza is an alumnus of Nasr School and St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai.
Sania Mirza Career
Sania Mirza started playing tennis when she was six years old. She was coached by her father and won 10 singles titles and 13 doubles titles as a junior player, including the 2003 Wimbledon Championships and the 2003 Afro-Asian Games.
She won her first WTA doubles title at the 2004 AP Tourism Hyderabad Open, becoming the first-ever Indian woman to achieve the feat. That year, she won six ITF singles titles. Due to her phenomenal performance in the 2005 season, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year.
Mirza was seeded at the 2006 Australian Open, becoming the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam event. She won the Banglore Open doubles title. In December 2006, she won three medals at the Asian Games in Doha: gold in mixed doubles and silver in women’s singles and team.
In the 2007 summer hard court season, she was at her career best and finished eighth in the 2007 US Open Series rankings and her best singles ranking of world No. 27. She won four doubles titles in 2007.
Throughout 2008, Mirza was plagued with a host of wrist injuries, forcing him to withdraw from several matches, including the US Grand Slam and the French Open.
She won her first Australian Open Grand Slam doubles title at the 2009 Australian Open and her first Premier Mandatory title at Indian Wells in 2011. The same year she won the doubles title of the Family Circle Cup.
His excellent performance at the Fed Cup in Shenzhen with Isha Lakhani helped India qualify for Group I of the Asia/Oceania zone of the Fed Cup in 2013.
In 2013, she won the Dubai Championships doubles title with Mattek-Sands. Mirza teamed up with different players in 2013 and won five WTA titles. She won the 2014 Portuguese Open doubles title and finished second in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix with Black.
The duo recorded three consecutive quarter-finals at the following clay-court tournaments, namely Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia and French Open, but failed to win any of the titles.
At the 2014 US Open, she played mixed doubles in the US Open duet with Bruno Soares and became the 2014 US Open mixed doubles champion. In the same year, she won a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. She also won a bronze medal in the women’s doubles tournament with Prarthana Thombare. Black and Mirza won their biggest title together at the WTA Finals. It is the heaviest defeat in the history of the doubles final.
Over the years, she has won and lost many matches and reached a career high in 2015. She became the first Indian to be ranked world No. 1 in the WTA doubles rankings. She took maternity leave in 2018 and made a winning comeback in 2020. She and Nadiia Kichenok won the Hobart International in January 2020. Mirza announced her retirement in 2022 as her body is wearing out.
Sania Mirza’s husband
Sani Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik got married on April 12, 2010 in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding ceremony at the Taj Krishna hotel in Hyderabad, India. Their wedding reception was held in Sialkot, Pakistan. She received Rs. 6.1 million as Mahr, a custom in Muslim marriages.
As their marriage drew attention online, Mirza became India’s most searched tennis player and sportswoman in 2010, according to Google Trends.
Son of Sania Mirza
The couple announced their first pregnancy on social media on April 23, 2018 and gave birth to Izhaan Mirza Malik in October 2018 and named him Izhaan Mirza Malik.
Sania Mirza Awards and Recognitions
1- Arjuna Prize in 2004
2- WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2005
3- Padma Shri in 2006
4- Brand Ambassador of Telangana in 2014
5- Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna in 2015
6- The list of 100 inspiring women of the BBC in 2015
7- Padma Bhushan in 2016
8- NRI of the year in 2016
9- The 100 most influential people in the world according to Time Magazine in 2016
10- UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia
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