Sania Mirza, a former Wimbledon doubles winner and one of India’s most well-known athletes, has stated that she will retire from tennis in 2022.
Mirza made her remarks after losing in the first round of the Australian Open women’s doubles, according to sources.
I’ve decided that this will be my final season. I’m going to take it week by week. I’m not sure if I’ll make it through the season, but I’d want to, “She informed the press.
In 2005, Mirza, 35, made history by becoming the first Indian to win a WTA singles title. But injury prompted her to focus on doubles, and she won Wimbledon with Martina Hingis in 2015, then went on to win the US and Australian Opens.
She and Rohan Bopanna came close to winning an Olympic medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics when they faced Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals but ultimately lost. With partner Mahesh Bhupathi, she has also won two Grand Slam titles: the 2009 Australian Open mixed doubles title and the 2012 French Open mixed doubles title.
Mirza began playing tennis as a youngster during her summer vacations, but she became serious about it after winning adult events; she won her first senior championship at the 2002 Asian Games when she was 15 years old.
In 2003, she joined the WTA Tour and went on to achieve a career-high singles ranking of 27 in the world, which is still the highest by an Indian woman. Mirza’s life outside of tennis drew a lot of interest, notably her marriage to former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik. They have a three-year-old boy together.
After two-year maternity leave, she returned to competitive tennis in 2019. Mirza is one of India’s most well-known athletes, with about 25 million Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers.
In a cricket-obsessed country, she is credited with inspiring young girls to play tennis. She also made headlines regularly for her outspoken reactions to trolling about everything from her partner’s choice to the dresses she wore.