As Indian tennis star Sania Mirza called time on her glorious Grand Slam career on Friday (January 27), wishes poured in from all corners of the world for one of India’s greatest women tennis players.
Sania finished her Grand Slam career as runners-up in the Australian Open mixed doubles after she and her partner Rohan Bopanna went down 6-7(2), 2-6 to the Brazilian pair of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Mataos in the final at the Rod Laver Arena on Friday.
After Sania's final Grand Slam match, her husband and veteran Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik shared a heartwarming post for the tennis star as he congratulated his wife on her amazing career amidst separation rumours. In his appreciation post, Malik also called Sania "an inspiration for many."
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Sharing a picture of Sania Mirza on Twitter, Malik wrote in the caption: “You are the much needed hope for all the women in sports. Super proud of you for all you have achieved in your career. You're an inspiration for many, keep going strong. Many congratulations on an unbelievable career...”
Notably, Sania and Shoaib got married in 2010, and the couple have a son together named Izhaan Mirza Malik. However, there were a lot of speculations about their separation, but they have so far kept tight lips on the matter.
Well, it was Sania’s 11th Grand Slam final, she won 43 doubles titles overall, including six Grand Slams, and spent 91 weeks as the World No. 1 women’s doubles player. She is set to retire from the game after a tennis tournament next month in Dubai, where she recently launched a tennis academy.