Sania Mirza announced her retirement after losing in the first round of the Australian Open women’s doubles with partner Nadiia Kichenok. Tamara Zidansek and Kaja Juvan of Slovenia defeated them.
Sania Mirza, who will play her final professional match at the Australian Open in 2022, said on Tuesday that she is “regretting” her decision to retire because she is constantly asked about it. (Learn More About Tennis)
Mirza, 35, recently announced that she will retire in 2022. In the mixed doubles event in Melbourne, her final appearance at the season-opening Grand Slam tournament ended in a quarterfinal loss to local pair Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler.
“I’m not actually thinking about that at every match to be honest very, I think I made the announcement too soon to be honest very, I’m kind of regretting it because that’s all I’m being asked right now,” Mirza said when asked if her attitude toward tennis and the Tour has changed since her final season.
The 35-year-old, who has won six Grand Slam titles, including three mixed doubles titles, is India’s most successful female tennis player. She was speaking on Sony Sports Network’s “Extraaa Serve.”
Mirza, a Hyderabad native, insists that she plays tennis to win matches.
“I’m playing tennis to win matches, and as long as I’m playing, I’m going to try to win every match I play, so retirement isn’t on my mind all the time.”
“I enjoy playing tennis, and I have always enjoyed it, win or lose,” Mirza explained. “I give it my all, and sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but I’m still in it 100 percent for the rest of the year, and I don’t want to think about what’s going to happen at the end of the year….,” he added.
Sania admitted that the game she and Ram lost wasn’t the best of their careers.
“It happens; you don’t always have a good day, and it’s especially unfortunate when it happens in a (Grand) Slam.”
“But I guess we couldn’t string it together, both of us, and in the end, we were in it in the second set but didn’t take our chances and that’s it,” Mirza said. “At least I could have played better, but that’s how it goes, it happens sometimes.”
Mirza announced on January 19 that she will retire from tennis at the end of the 2022 season because her body was “wearing down” and she no longer had the motivation or energy for the daily grind.
She announced her retirement after losing in the first round of the Australian Open women’s doubles with partner Nadiia Kichenok. Tamara Zidansek and Kaja Juvan of Slovenia defeated them.