Know the actual reason behind Sania Mirza’s retirement
India's ace tennis star Sania Mirza opened up about the retirement plans after her defeat in Melbourne Park.Author : Priyanka Vinayak
Sania Mirza on Wednesday announced retirement from tennis after the ongoing season. India's ace tennis star Sania Mirza has won six Grand Slam titles in her career. So far, Mirza is one of the two Indian female tennis players to win a WTA title of any kind, and the only to reach the top 100 singles rankings.
With 43 crowns, Mirza has won more WTA doubles titles on the tour than any other active player. Her contribution to India in sports can never be forgotten. She is a true example of women empowerment.
Sania is currently in Australia for Australia open. She opened up about the retirement plans after her defeat in Melbourne Park.
The actual reason about her retirement is her health. She feels that her body is giving up. Ina press conference after the match, Sania said, ”I’ve decided this will be my last season. I’m taking it week by week, not sure if I can last the season, but I want to."
“There are a few reasons for it. It is not as simple as 'okay I'm not going to play'. I do feel my recovery is taking longer, I'm putting my three-year-old son at risk by travelling so much with him, that's something I have to take into account," she said.
“I think my body is wearing down. My knee was really 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'm getting older," she added.
Sania continued, "There are more days than there used to be where I don't feel like doing that. I've always said that I will play until I enjoy that grind, the process which I'm not sure I'm enjoying as much anymore.”
"Having 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 the 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. It's beat," said Mirza.