On Wednesday, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza announces her retirement and will hang up her racquet at the end of the 2022 season.
Winner of six Grand Slam titles, three mixed double trophies makes the announcement after losing the Australian Open women’s double first round with partner Nadiia Kichenok. The duo lost the match to Slovenia’s Tamara Zadansek and Kaja Juvan.
In a press conference, post-match Sania Mirza said, “There’s a bunch of reason for it. I do feel my recovery is taking longer and considering he is three years old, I do feel I am putting him at risk by traveling so much with him. Unfortunately, the pandemic is making is take certain decisions for the well-being of ourselves and our family. My knee was hurting today and I’m not saying that’s the reason we lost but I do think that it is taking time to recover as I am getting older”. She further added that her body is “wearing down”.
The 35-year-old will retire as India’s most accomplished woman tennis player. The former world number one in doubles who teamed up with Swiss legend Martina Hingis said a few factors influenced her decision.