Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former doubles World No.1 and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza will hang her racquets after the forthcoming Dubai Duty Free Championships which starts on February 19.

The 36-year-old tennis star had initially planned to hang up her racquet at the end of last season. But an elbow injury forced her out of US Open and she had to end 2022 as early as in August.

“I was going to stop right after the WTA Finals, because we were going to make the WTA Finals, but I tore my tendon in my elbow right before the US Open. So, I had to pull out of everything,” said Sania during an interview.

“And honestly, the person that I am, I like to do things on my own terms. So I don’t want to be forced out by injury. So I’ve been training. The plan is to try and retire in Dubai during the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships,” she added.

Sania will play her final Majors at the Australian Open. She will partner Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina in the women’s doubles competition.

Sania is a six-time major champion which includes three doubles and three mixed doubles titles.

The Indian tennis star, who is a mother to 4-year-old boy Izhaan and wife to Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, has been living in Dubai for a decade now. 

Sania has already opened a tennis academy. Earlier in an interview, the tennis star had revealed that she doesn’t have mental and emotional capacity to push anymore.