Sania Mirza has announced that the current season would be her last on the WTA Tour after a first-round loss in the women’s doubles of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday.
One of India’s most decorated tennis players Sania Mirza has announced her retirement plans after her loss in the first round of women’s doubles at the Australian Open 2022 on Wednesday. Sania Mirza and her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok lost 4-6, 6-7(5) to Slovenian team of Tamara Zidansek and Kaja Juvan in one hour and 37 minutes.
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Kichenok was off-colour today as unforced errors kept flowing from her racquet throughout the contest. However, Sania Mirza will play in the mixed doubles having paired up with American Rajeev Ram.
Following the loss, Mirza announced that 2022 is going to be her last season on the tour and she really wants to complete it.
“I’ve decided this will be my last season. I’m taking it weeky by week, not sure if I can last the season, but I want too,” Mirza said in the post-match press conference.
“There’s a bunch reasons for it. It’s not as simple as ‘okay I’m not going to play’. I do feel my recovery is taking longer, I do feel, considering my son is three years old, I’m putting him at risk by travelling so much with him, that’s something I have to take into account.
“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 said.
Mirza has been playing on the professional tour since 2003 and it has been 19 years of the Hyderabadi playing tennis at the top.