Tennis ace Sania Mirza to go into retirement after 2022 time of year, says ‘organic structure is carrying down’
Reported By:| Edited By: |Source: PTI |Updated: Jan 19, 2022, 03:49 PM IST
India tennis star Sania Mirza on Wednesday announced that 2022 will be her last season since her body is “wearing down” and motivation and energy for the everyday grind is not the same anymore.
Mirza, 35, had returned to tennis after giving birth to her son in March 2019 but her progress was later thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mirza made the retirement announcement after losing the Australian Open women’s doubles first round with partner Nadiia Kichenok.
“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,” Mirza said at the post-match press conference.
“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.
For the unversed, Sania Mirza had married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Mirza in 2010 and the couple were blessed with a baby boy in October 2018, whom they named Izhaan Mirza Malik.