Sania Mirza, the most successful woman in Indian tennis history, has decided that she is bidding adieu to the sports at the end of 2022. The 35-year-old had already bowed out of singles competitions in 2013.Sania Mirza, 35, became the first Indian to win a WTA singles title in 2005. She entered the WTA Tour in 2003 and later reached a career-high singles ranking of 27 in the world, still the highest by an Indian woman.
Sania has six Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles and mixed doubles to her name. However, her last Slam win came at the Australian Open as far back as in 2016. Her last headline-grabbing win came with Chinese partner Shuai Zhang in women’s doubles at the Ostrava Open on September 26, 2021.
“I’ve decided that this will be my last season.I am taking it week by week. Not sure if I can last the season, but I wish to,” she was quoted as saying at the ongoing 2022 Australian Open. The announcement came after she had to face another defeat.
In a women’s first-round doubles tie at the Open, Sania and her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok lost 4-6 6-7(5) to the Slovenian team of Tamara Zidansek and Kaja Juvan in one hour and 37 minutes. Sania Mirza is married to Ex-Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik.