- Sania last played at the China Open in October 2017
- Sania, who was number-1 in the doubles rankings, retired from singles in 2013.
- Six-time Grand Slam winner Sania gave birth to a son in October 2018
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza (33) made a stunning comeback on Tuesday, 2 years after becoming a mother. She won the doubles of the Hobart International tournament with Ukraine partner Nadia Kitchenock. They beat Georgia’s Oksana Kalashnikova and Miyu Kato of Japan 2-6, 7-6, 10-3. The match lasted 1 hour and 41 minutes. With this victory, the Sania-Nadia duo advanced to the quarter-finals.
Six-time Grand Slam winner Sania was married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on 12 April 2010 in Hyderabad. In October 2018, Sania gave birth to a son. Sania last played at the China Open in October 2017. His best single ranking is 27, which he achieved in 2007. Sania has been ranked number 1 in the doubles rankings.
Sania’s family and son were together during the match
After the victory, Sania tweeted, “Today is another special day in my life. Many days later, my first match was with family and son. I won the match. It was a great feeling to have so much love. “Sania and Nadia next face Venia King and Christina McHale of America in the tournament on Wednesday.
Sania’s return has not been easy
Prior to the tournament, Sania told Bhaskar in an interview that she is very excited to return after a long gap. He had said, “I will participate in the tournament for the first time after becoming a mother.” I am now practicing for about five hours a day with a tennis ball. I have paid a lot of attention to diet after pregnancy. I initially removed sugar from my diet. But I believe in meditation, so to tell the truth, I eat everything I like. “Sania says that because of the baby there is no fixed pattern or time to sleep. Despite this, she gets up at 7 am. She used to gym for about five hours every day. There were about 100 minutes of cardio exercise, then an hour of kickboxing. Sania used to do Pilates (a type of exercise that is done to make the body flexible and muscles strong) for about an hour.