Former doubles World Number one, Sania Mirza is set to make her return to the WTA courts after her two-year-old maternity hiatus. Former Australian Open champion, Mirza is aiming to give her best on the Melbourne courts in January 2020 (in the doubles discipline), but before that she will play Brisbane and Hobart International 2020.
Reports suggest that Sania Mirza will be in tandem with Nadiia Kichenok in Brisbane and Hobart. Besides the Grand Slams and the other big tournaments on the WTA Tour, the Indian tennis champion, Sania Mirza is determined to clinch a medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020.
“I started training earlier this month and would be ready in time for the Australian Open. I have not played professional tennis for nearly two years so I’m looking for a good comeback,” Mirza said.
“Let me get a good start first and only then will I start thinking about winning a tournament. But I do believe I still have what it takes to win a Grand Slam.”
After reaching the semifinals of US Open 2017, she was last seen on the courts of Wuhan and Beijing. After that, she broke her pregnancy news. In her last three tournaments, Mirza played alongside China’s Shuai Peng.
This year, she was keen on switching on her professional career at the US Open 2019, but unfortunately, her body wasn’t ready to take up professional tennis this year in August.
The 33-year-old Indian tennis icon, Sania Mirza has been working meticulously to get her fitness back and re-established her self in the field of women’s tennis.
“The reason I never committed to coming back to tennis was that I didn’t know how my body would react. It takes a tremendous toll [on the body and mind] when you are a professional athlete. It’s the same when you take care of an infant. Both are physically and emotionally demanding,” Sania Mirza told Mid-Day.
In her hoard of 41 WTA doubles titles, she has amassed three different majors in both doubles and mixed doubles. Her league with Martina Hingis during 2015 and 2016 aided her to reach the summit of the sport.
At US Open 2005, Sania Mirza reached the pre-quarterfinals of the Flushing Meadows major in the singles discipline and lost to then-World Number one, Maria Sharapova in the fourth round. It was the first time ever an Indian singles tennis player reached the fourth round of Grand Slam on the WTA courts.