Two years after taking a maternity break, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on Thursday (Nov 28) confirmed that she will be back to competitive tennis at Hobart International in January 2020.
The 33-year-old, who last played at the China Open in October 2017, will team up with Ukraine’s Nadiia Kichenok — ranked 38 in the WTA doubles chart. Mirza, who married former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik, gave birth to her first child — a son the couple named Izhaan.
“I am playing in Hobart, then I am playing the Australian Open,” Mirza was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency. “I am planning to play a tournament in Mumbai, which is a $25,000 (ITF women’s event) next month, but I am 50-50 about it, so let’s see how my wrist behaves. We will see, but Hobart and Australian Open (for sure).”
“Your routine and sleep pattern changes. I (now) feel fit, my body is where it used to be before I had the baby,” Mirza said. The Hobart WTA takes place between January 11-18 and is a key lead-in tournament to the Australian Open.
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17 November, 2019