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Good Sports: Mirza Retires on A High Note

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
March 2023
Good Sports: Mirza Retires on A High Note

Sania Mirza, India’s greatest female tennis player, is retiring this year and almost won a title in her last grand slam tournament. She and her partner, Rohan Bopanna, reached the mixed-doubles final at the Australian Open, losing to Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos of Brazil, 7-6 (2), 6-2.

In a professional career that began in 2003, when she was 16, Mirza has reached 12 grand slam finals in women’s doubles and mixed doubles, winning six titles. Her career prize money exceeds $7.2 million.

“I hope that I’ve been able to tell young girls and show young girls that they can achieve and do whatever they want in their lives, no matter how many odds are stacked against them and no matter how many times they are told they can’t do it, or it’s silly or it’s stupid,” Mirza told The New York Times.

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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