‘Game. Set. Celebrate’: Sania Mirza shares ‘life update’ ahead of Australian Open

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“Thirty (yes, 30!) years ago a 6-year-old girl from Nasr School in Hyderabad, accompanied her young mother to a tennis court at the Nizam’s Club and fought with the coach to let her learn to play tennis because she thought That she was too young :). The fight for our dreams started at 6.” Sania Mirza penned a heartwarming note on her Instagram on Friday as she prepares to play for her last Grand Slam – the ongoing Australian Open, which is set to begin on Monday, January 16.

Eighteen years after playing her first Grand Slam, India’s ace tennis player Sania Mirza is all set to play her last match at the Australian Open before ending her illustrious career at next month’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. During an interview with WTA, Mirza talked about her plans to retire.

The 36-year-old Sania, who is married to Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, has been living in Dubai for over a decade and would like to bid adieu to the game on her home turf.

In the post titled Life Update, Mirza says, “As I prepare to play my first Australian Open after 18 years, and then the Dubai Open in February, there are so many emotions brimming with pride and gratitude . Perhaps, being the first I am proud of everything I have achieved in the last 20 years of my professional career.”

Read Sania Mirza’s full statement here.

Sania, a six-time major champion – three in doubles and three in mixed doubles – has signed up to compete with Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina at this month’s Australian Open. The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a WTA 1000 event, begins on 19 February.

At the Australian Open, Sania will team up with Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina in the women’s doubles event. Sania made her Australian Open debut in 2005 and won the mixed doubles and women’s doubles titles in 2009 and 2014 respectively.

Australian Open 2023

Dates

Start: January 16

Expires: January 29

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal is the defending men’s champion and will chase a record 23rd men’s Grand Slam singles title, but Australian Ashleigh Barty will not defend her women’s singles title after her shock retirement from the sport last year.

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