Sania Mirza took to Instagram on Friday to clarify that the upcoming edition of the Australian Open, beginning on January 16 will be her last.
In an emotional note which was captioned – “Life update”, Mirza wrote, “Thirty (yes, 30!) years ago a 6 year old girl from Nasr School in Hyderabad, walked on learn how to play tennis as he thought that she was too little. The fight for our dreams began at 6!”
“With a lot of hope despite all the odds stacked against us, we dared to dream of playing in a Grand Slam some day and of representing our country with honour at the highest level in sport. As I look back at my career now, not only did I get to play well over half a century of Grand Slam tournaments but I was fortunate enough to win a bunch of them, too, with God’s grace.”
Life update 🙂 pic.twitter.com/bZhM89GXga
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) January 13, 2023
The 36-year-old will be playing in women’s doubles at the Australian Open this month alongside Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina, which will be her final appearance at a Grand Slam event after she missed the US Open last year due to an elbow injury.
In a recent interview, former doubles World No. 1 Sania Mirza confirmed her plans to retire at the WTA 1000 event in Dubai next month.
Mirza had initially planned to hang up her racquet after completing the 2022 season but after injury problems sidelined her in the second half of the year, she decided to delay the decision.