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2022 season to be Sania’s last; anounces retirement after first round disaster at Australian Open

Ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza announced her retirement from tennis after the 2022 season. The announcement came after she lost the Women’s doubles final in the first round itself at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam  tennis tournament of the season.

Sania was partnering Nadia Kichenok in the doubles match today. In a post match press conference Sania said that her body was unable to take the pressures of everyday grind and it was taking longer for her to recover from injuries as she got older.

Quoting responsibilities as a mother she said, “My son is three and I am putting him at risk by travelling so much with him. This is something I have to keep in mind. My body too is getting weak and my knee was hurting a lot today.

” This, however, was not an excuse for having lost the match, she added. 35- year old Sania had returned to tennis after giving birth to her son in March 2019, but her progress in the game was hampered by the pandemic. Sania has been ranked as the number one Indian tennis player by the Women’s Tennis Association for a decade in a row from 2003-2013.

Starting her career at the age of 18, Sania became the youngest player to win the Padma Shri in 2006. She was earlier awarded the Arjuna Award in 2005 by the Government of India for her performance in 2004. She was conferred the ‘Most impressive newcomer’ title in the US in 2006.

She got a wild card entry from India to compete at Wimbledon in 2003, where she brilliantly won the doubles. In 2009, Sania Mirza became the first female player to win a Grand Slam for India. Sania’s international ranking at the end of 2005 was 42, the highest for any Indian tennis player at that time.

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