India's Tennis Icon Sania Mirza Ends Her Grand Slam Journey

India's Tennis Icon Sania Mirza Ends Her Grand Slam Journey

January 28, 2023 - 7:48 am

 Biggest Female Icon Of The Indian Tennis Sania Mirza Exits Her Career

India's tennis icon Sania Mirza on January 27, 2023, bid an emotional farewell to her illustrious Grand Slam career. The six-time Grand Slam champion was not given an almost perfect sendoff. In Melbourne's Australian Open mixed doubles final, Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos of Brazil defeated Sania and Rohan Bopanna. Sania shed a tear as she reflected on her trip at the prize presentation. Sania had stated that her Grand Slam career would come to an end at the Australian Open in 2023. The 36-year-old athlete does, however, plan to take part in a few more events before calling it a day on her illustrious career.

Sania Mirza’s Biography

Sania Mirza was born on November 15, 1986, in Mumbai to Imran and Naseema Mirza. Her father was a sports journalist, while her mother was employed by a printing business. Her family moved to Hyderabad after she was born, where she and her younger sister, Anam Mirza, were nurtured. The son of former cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin and cricketer Mohammad Asaduddin are married. Mirza received his education at Nasr School and St. Mary's College in Hyderabad. She has an honorary doctor of letters degree from Chennai's Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute. Sania Mirza married the Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in 2010..

Sania Mirza’s Career

When Sania Mirza was six years old, she first took up tennis. As a young player, she won 10 singles titles and 13 doubles titles under her father's tutelage, including the 2003 Wimbledon Championships and the 2003 Afro-Asian Games. She made history by being the first Indian woman to win the WTA Doubles Championship at the 2004 AP Tourism Hyderabad Open. In that year, she won six ITF singles titles. Due to her great performance in the 2005 season, she was named the WTA Newcomer of the Year. Mirza became the first Indian woman to obtain a seeding at the 2006 Australian Open. At the Banglore Open, she won the doubles championship. She took home three medals from the Doha Asian Games in December 2006: gold in mixed doubles and silver in women's singles and teams.

                          During the summer hardcourt season of 2007, she achieved her finest performance, finishing eighth in the US Open Series standings and climbing to her highest singles world ranking of No. 27. She won four doubles titles in 2007. In 2008, Mirza struggled with a series of wrist issues that prompted her to withdraw from several matches, including US Grand Slams and the French Open. She won her maiden Australian Open Grand Slam Doubles victory at the 2009 Australian Open, as well as her first Premier Mandatory title at Indian Wells in 2011. While collaborating with numerous individuals in 2013, Mirza won five WTA championships.

                            She participated in the US Open's mixed doubles partnering with Bruno Soares in 2014, where she eventually won the mixed doubles title.Black and Mirza scored their biggest win together at the WTA Finals. It was the worst defeat ever for the pair. Over the years, she has experienced both wins and losses, with her career high coming in 2015. Being the first Indian woman to hold the top spot in the WTA doubles rankings, she created history. She went on maternity leave in 2018 and came back in 2020 with a bang. She and Nadiia Kichenok won the Hobart International in January 2020. Mirza announced her retirement in 2022 as a result of physical decline.

Sania Mirza - A Trailblazer

The first and largest female sports icon in the country, to this day, is a trailblazer in many ways. While Nirupama Sanjeev demonstrated that it is feasible to compete on major platforms, Nirupama Mankad did her utmost to demonstrate that Indian women can thrive in the sport. However, Sania demonstrated that like the men, the girls of the soil were also prepared to not only make up the numbers abroad and constrict their realm to mere participation, but to bring home the medals the nation has been waiting for. In a country where scepticism is the norm and trust is only built by corroboration. But Sania was and will always be an example for young and old women alike. She was a strong, unafraid lady who spoke her thoughts, but she did so fewer and fewer times. Each of her identities—as a woman, a Muslim, a married athlete, and later as a mother trying to get back into shape for the Grand Slam—was a tale of a warrior. Sania is unique and will always be a role model for young ladies and males.