Sania Mirza’s ended her illustrious Grand Slam journey after losing the Australian Open Mixed Doubles final. Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos defeated Sania and Rohan Bopanna 7-6, 6-2 in the final. After the game, Sania had difficulty holding back tears as she finished with six Grand Slams.
It was already known that she would not play any Grand Slams after the Australian Open. The 36-year-old will play some more events before calling it quits.
“My professional career started in Melbourn. I couldn’t think of a better arena to finish my Grand Slam career at,” she said, as per NDTV.
“Rod Laver Arena has been special. Never thought I’d be able to play in a Grand Slam final, in front of my son,” she added.
It was her 11th Grand Slam final. She has a total of 43 titles and was also ranked the WTA No. 1 player for 91 weeks in women’s doubles.
Sania’s first Slam was the 2009 Australian Open mixed doubles title. The last one came 7 years later at the Australian Open women’s doubles.
“My professional career started in Melbourne… I couldn’t think of a better arena to finish my [Grand Slam] career at.”
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While she did not get the grand slam fairytale ending, it by no means tarnishes her legacy as a player.
But it’s not yet the end of the road for her. Sania’s final tournament will be the WTA 1000 event in Dubai in February.
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