Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza announces her retirement; 2022 will be the final season

One of India’s most celebrated sports stars, Sania Mirza has announced she will retire from tennis after her 2022 season. She confirmed her retirement plans following a first-round exit in women’s doubles at the Australian Open. 

“I decided it would be my last season. I take it every week. I’m not sure if I can continue the season, but I want to,” she told reporters. Slovenia’s Kaja Juan-Tamara Sidansek defeated Mirza-Kichenok 6-4, 7-6 in the first round to advance to the ongoing Grand Slam, and the pair lost in one hour and 37 minutes.

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The 35-year-old Sania became the first Indian to win a WTA singles title in 2005. The former doubles world No.1 has won six Grand Slam titles in her career. Also from 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as India’s No. 1 player. 

In 2015, she won at Wimbledon with Swiss player Martina Hingis, then went on to win the US and Australian Opens. She is the highest-ranked female player ever from India, peaking at world No. 27 in mid-2007. However, a major wrist injury forced her to give up her singles career and focus on the doubles circuit. 

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, She came close to securing an Olympics medal when she and Rohan Bopanna played the semi-finals against Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram but eventually lost the victory.

So far, Sania Mirza is one of the two Indian female tennis players to win a WTA title of any kind, and the only to reach the top 100 singles rankings. She is the third Indian woman in the Open Era to feature and win a round at a Grand Slam tournament, and the first to advance past the second round. With 43 crowns, Mirza has won more WTA doubles titles on the tour than any other active player. Moreover, she has spent 91 weeks as the world’s No. 1 in doubles.

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“There are a few reasons for it. It’s not as simple as ‘okay I’m not going to play. I do feel my recovery is taking longer, I’m putting my 3-year-old son at risk by traveling so much with him, that’s something I have to take into account. I think my body is wearing down. My knee was really hurting today and I’m not saying that’s the reason we lost but I do think that it is taking time to recover as I’m getting older,” Mirza told to reporters when asked about her retirement.