Sania Mirza crashes out of her penultimate career tournament in first round at Abu Dhabi Open
Sania Mirza crashed out of her penultimate career tournament in the first round at the Abu Dhabi Open. Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered straight sets defeat on Monday.
Sania Mirza crashed out of her penultimate career tournament in first round. (AP/PTI Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Sania Mirza’s campaign in her penultimate career tournament short-lived as she crashed out of the Abu Dhabu Open in the first round on Monday.
Mirza and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered straight sets defeat against the German-Belgian pair of Laura Siegemund and Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 4-6 in the women’s doubles Round of 16 match.
The 36-year-old Indian recently announced her retirement from Grand Slams at the Australian Open 2023. In her last major tournament, Mirza, along with Rohan Bopanna, finished as finalists in the mixed doubles after losing to Brazilians Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos at the Rod Laver Arena.
Mirza opened up to India Today on her decision to retire, saying “It is something that I have been thinking for a while, and I think that my body is beat.
“I know what is taking me to stay at this level and compete at this level, and I don’t know if I have that in me anymore, and to put that much anymore. So, ya, the tank’s a little bit empty,” she added.
Mirza also said that she would love to help the next generation after her retirement.
“In all honesty, I would love to help the next generation. We all talk about how we don’t have a system, we don’t have idols, we don’t have champions that we can emulate. And I want to help in any way possible,” said Mirza.
“Actually, as we speak, Karman Thandi is practicing in my academy. She just messaged me a few days ago, she is here with her coach and her trainers. I would love to do things like that. I would love to encourage and help in any way possible,” Mirza added.