Sania Mirza to quit tennis after marriage

Sania Mirza to quit tennis after marriage

New Delhi: India’s most successful woman tennis player Sania Mirza on Thursday revealed that she will hang up her racquet after getting married.

Sania, who got engaged to childhood friend Sohrab Mirza in July 2009, did not elaborate when she plans to marry but said she will bid adieu to the game after tying the nuptial knot.

“As of now, I don’t intend to play professionally after marriage but that is still some time away," Sania said.

Before getting engaged to the Indian tennis diva, Sohrab had said that Sania will have complete freedom in making her career decisions.

“She has my complete support and backing in whatever she wishes. It is completely her decision for how long she wishes to play," Sohrab had told PTI in June.

So when asked if it was purely her decision to quit the game after marriage, Sania’s father Imran Mirza said, “It’s her decision for now. If later she decides to play after marriage, its her choice."

Ever since turning pro in 2003, Sania has been the face of Indian tennis on the WTA circuit.

She also became India’s first female Grand Slam winner when she won the Australian Open mixed doubles title with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi last year.