Indian Tennis Sania Mirza star announces retirement from Tennis. She shared the development on her Instagram account on Friday.
In the heartfelt note, she said she is heading towards ‘new beginnings’ and ‘new life goals’. Sania Mirza is married to Shoaib Malik and has one son. Mirza expressed her feelings regarding her achievement, and on a long note. She thanked her friends, family, and her countrymen for supporting her throughout her journey.
“Thirty years ago,” the Indian tennis star begins in her message, “a six-year-old girl from Nasr School in Hyderabad, walked onto 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 [to play tennis]”.
Sania added that winning medals for the country was the most humbling experience for her. She had “dared to dream” of representing her country in a Grand Slam someday.
The star wrote, “[looking back], not only did I get to play well over half a century of Grand Slam tournaments but I was fortunate enough to win a bunch of them, too, with God’s grace”.
She then thanked her family and her fans, along with her entire team, for their constant and endless support, and wrote: “It’s all of you, who have helped me through the toughest phases of my life and helped this little girl from Hyderabad to not only dare to dream but to achieve those dreams, as well. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“[Tennis] is all I’ve known throughout my life,” the star wrote as she recounted the extent and expanse of her Tennis career.
“It’s been 20 years of being a professional athlete and 30 years of being a tennis player,” she stated.
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Sania said: “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.”
“I take pride in everything I 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,” she said.
“In fact, [it is] a beginning of many different memories to be created, dreams to be achieved and new goals to be set. My son needs me more than ever now and I can’t wait to live a slightly quieter and calmer life while giving him more of my time than I have been able to give so far”.