After the Australian Open in 2023, Sania Mirza, a prominent Indian tennis player, plans to stop competing internationally. Sania has previously declared her intention to retire following the WTA 1000 Dubai Tennis Championships, which begin on February 19. The 36-year-old Mirza had intended to hang up her racket at the end of the 2018 season, but an elbow injury compelled her to retire before the US Open and as early as August. The Australian Open is this month, and Mirza, a six-time major champion (three in doubles and three in mixed doubles), has committed to playing alongside Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan.
Sania’s message on her tennis career to date was really touching. What she shared on her social media platforms was as follows:
To win medals for my country has been my biggest honour. I feel truly humbled to have been able to stand up on the podium. Knowing that the tri-color had been raised high to be seen. Respected by millions all over the world all because of something that I was privileged enough to achieve. None of this would have been possible without the support of my parents and sister, my family, my coaches, my physios, my trainers, my fans, my supporters, my partners and my entire team that has stood by me through thick and thin over the years. I want to thank each one of them for the contribution, the laughs, the tears, the pain and the joy we have shared.
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It’s all of you, who have helped me through the toughest phases of my life. Helped this little girl from Hyderabad to not only dare to dream but to achieve those dreams, as well. As I get ready to play my last Australian Open 18 years after I played my first. Then the Dubai Open in Feb. I have so many emotions flashing through me with pride and gratitude, perhaps, being the foremost. I take pride in everything and have been able to achieve over the last 20 years of my professional career.
Life must move on and I do not think this is the end. But, in fact, a beginning of many different memories to be created. Dreams to be achieved and new goals to be set.