Sania Mirza has bid a teary farewell to Grand Slam tennis alongside Rohan Bopanna
“I never thought that I would be able to play in front of my child in a Grand Slam final, so it’s truly special to have my four-year-old and my parents here,” -Mirza shared.
Tennis queen Sania Mirza has bid a teary farewell to Grand Slam tennis. Mirza was participating in the Australian Open mixed-doubles final playing alongside Rohan Bopanna — her first playing partner 22 years ago.
The 36-year-old is regarded as a major sports icon in India and has a large fan base in Pakistan as well. She burst into tears after feeling highly emotional during the post-match presentation ceremony.
Sania and 42-year-old Bopanna were unable to get over the line, losing 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 to Brazilian pair Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos.
During the event, Mirza expressed her feelings sharing that Rohan was her first partner at age 14 and is now her partner for her last hurrah, she added that she couldn’t have thought of a better person to end her tennis journey with.
“Rohan was my first-ever mixed-doubles partner at (aged) 14 and we won the nationals,” said Mirza, a six-time Grand Slam champion, three in doubles and three in mixed.
“It was a long time ago, 22 years ago, and I couldn’t think of a better person — he’s one of my best friends and best partners — to finish my career here and to play the final. There’s no better place for me, or person for me, to finish my Grand Slam career.”
“I never thought that I would be able to play in front of my child in a Grand Slam final, so it’s truly special to have my four-year-old and my parents here,” she added.
Sania Mirza’s Tennis Achievements
When it comes to tennis, Mirza is definitely an ace. She has accomplished many firsts for her homeland India and has received many awards for her outstanding and spell-binding performance.
She is the first woman from her country to reach the top rankings in doubles and the first female to win a WTA title, followed by reaching the Top 100 in singles and reaching the third round (or better) at a Grand Slam.
Mirza’s singles accomplishments include a career-high singles ranking of No. 27 in 2007; a sole singles title on home soil in Hyderabad in 2005; and a 4th-round showing at the US Open, also in 2005. She reached the 4-WTA singles finals in her career.
On the other hand, Sania Mirza has also won 3 women’s doubles Grand Slam titles and 3 further titles in mixed doubles as a part of her collection of 43 doubles titles in all. Mirza won 44 straight matches, the longest such winning streak since 1990.
Fans React to Sania Mirza’s Grand Slam Farewell
Here’s how her fans reacted to Sania Mirza’s last Grand Slam match:
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) January 27, 2023
Mid 2021, an imam of my stadium had a khutba against me over & over.I used to brush it off with laughs but deep down only I knew how it felt. I revisited some chapters @MirzaSania biography because that gave me so much power. You are more than just tennis pic.twitter.com/6lO36GgfRD
— Noorena Shams (@noorenashams) January 27, 2023
Congratulations @MirzaSania on an amazing journey that has left a mark in history and inspired millions of athletes, and thank you for always making India so proud! Wishing you good luck for your next adventure. pic.twitter.com/LBOaPlx80R
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) January 27, 2023
Dearest Sania, watching you play as a child in Nizam Club, to becoming the Champ that you are has been an inspiration and privilege. Congratulations on making girls stronger everywhere ❤️ Keep doing good, keep shining. Onwards and upwards 🙌🏼🤗 @MirzaSania https://t.co/GV99qrSx1K
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) January 27, 2023
Many congratulations on a glorious career at the Grand Slam @MirzaSania. You have inspired a whole generation of tennis talent in India & beyond.
Wishing you the best of everything in life.
You have made 🇮🇳 proud.
Well played! pic.twitter.com/8t3oURMoPS
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 27, 2023
An inspiration for many to pick up a sport and champion it. Sania Mirza, what a career! Go well 💙 pic.twitter.com/sSIpJszhJv
— Smriti Mandhana (@mandhana_smriti) January 27, 2023
Sania Mirza's forehand shall be missed dearly.pic.twitter.com/f7s9P7cOWl
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) January 27, 2023
An emotional Sania Mirza bows out from Grand Slams.
"Rod Laver Arena has been special"
"Never thought I'd be able to play in a Grand Slam final, in front of my son"
Yep, indeed so. pic.twitter.com/nXpXhaSZmy
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) January 27, 2023
— Raheem (@Raheem07516380) January 27, 2023
Thank you Sania Mirza for inspiring countless young girls to live their dream with full zeal and zest.
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