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Indian Trailblazer Sania Mirza bows out of grand slam tennis

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza’s last Grand Slam match has ended with a loss in the Australian Open mixed doubles final.
2023-01-27
Indian Trailblazer Sania Mirza bows out of grand slam tennis

Indian trailblazer Sania Mirza bowed out of Grand Slam tennis Friday with defeat in the Australian Open mixed-doubles final playing alongside Rohan Bopanna — her first playing partner 22 years ago.

 

The 36-year-old Mirza, regarded as her country’s greatest women’s tennis player, returned to Melbourne Park for one last hurrah and made it all the way to the decider.

 

But she 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.

 

Mirza was in tears in the post-match presentation ceremony.

 

Mirza, the first Indian to win a WTA singles championship in 2005 in her native Hyderabad.

 

In the same year, she advanced to the fourth round of the US Open, and by 2007, she was ranked among the top 30 women.

 

However, a wrist injury forced her to focus on doubles, where she teamed up with  Swiss great Martina Hingis to win three Grand Slam championships.

 

After a tournament in Dubai, where she has lived for more than 10 years and just opened a tennis academy, she is scheduled to retire from all tennis.