Sania Mirza, who is about to retire after subsequent month’s Dubai Masters, describer her lengthy journey within the sport in an emotional Instagram publish previous to the 2023 Australian Open, the ultimate Grand Slam of her profession.
The 36-year-old wrote, “Thirty (yes, 30!) years ago a 6 year old girl from Nasr School in Hyderabad, walked on to a tennis court at Nizam Club with her young mom and fought the coach to let her learn how to play tennis as he thought that she was too little :). The fight for our dreams began at 6!”
She added, “My Grand Slam journey started with the Australian Open back in 2005. So, it goes without saying that this would be the most perfect Grand Slam to end my career with.
“As I get ready to play my last Australian Open 18 years after I played my first, and then the Dubai Open in Feb, have so many emotions flashing through me with pride and gratitude, perhaps, being the foremost. I take pride in everything have been able to achieve over the last 20 years of my professional career and I am so grateful for the memories that I have been able to create. The greatest memory that I will carry with me for a life time is that of the pride and happiness that I saw on the faces of my fellow countrymen and supporters each time I achieved victory and reached milestones in my long career.”
In an interview with the WTA web site earlier this month, former doubles world no. 1 Sania introduced that WTA 1000 occasion in Dubai in February could be her last competitors. “Honestly, the person that I am, I like to do things on my terms. So, I don’t want to be forced out by injury. So, I have been training,” she informed wtatennis.com.
Sania received six Grand Slam titles collectively in ladies’s and combined doubles.
Initially, she wished to stop on the finish of 2022. However an elbow damage dominated her out of the US Open and compelled her to finish the season as early as August.