Sania Mirza, the former world number one in doubles for India, said that she will retire at the age of 36 following the Dubai Tennis Championships next month after having to postpone her 2022 retirement due to injuries.
Mirza, who is recognized as the best female tennis player in her country, has won six Grand Slam doubles championships. This month, she will compete in her final major at the Australian Open, where she won the women’s doubles title in 2016.
The WTA Tour’s website released an interview with Mirza on Friday. “I was planning to stop immediately after the WTA Finals because we were going to make the WTA Finals, but I tore my tendon in my elbow just before US Open, so I had to drop out of everything,” Mirza said.
When Mirza won the Hyderabad tournament in 2005, she made history by being the first Indian woman to claim a WTA singles championship. By 2007, she had broken into the top 30 and was ranked 27th in the world, which was a career-high.
After suffering from a persistent wrist injury that threatened her career, Mirza teamed up with the legendary Swiss player Martina Hingis in doubles. The team that dubbed themselves “Santina” won 14 championships, including Wimbledon and the US and Australian Opens.
The Australian Open begins on January 16, and Mirza will participate there alongside Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan before saying goodbye to tennis in the United Arab Emirates, where she has lived for more than ten years with her husband, former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik.
In a recent interview, Mirza stated, “I’m 36, and honestly my body is battered, that is the major cause for it.” “My mental capacity to push myself emotionally to that extent has truly diminished.
“In 2003, I went pro. My priority right now is to stop pushing my body to its absolute maximum every single day because priorities change.