By Vishal Pushkar
Wed, 22 Feb 2023 10:14 AM (IST)
Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza on Tuesday ended her magnificent 20-year-long career with a defeat in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, here.
The 36-year-old India legend lost in straight sets along with American partner Madison Keys in women’s doubles tie in an hour long battle. As soon as the match ended, wishes started pouring in for a tennis great who inspired millions of young boys and girls to take up the sport professionally.
Check out some of the congratulatory messages for the tennis star as she bids goodbye to her tennis career:
End of an era!
Today #IndianTennis bids it’s goodbye to the icon who became a role model and inspiration for millions 🙌🏻
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) February 21, 2023
— Olympic Khel (@OlympicKhel) February 21, 2023
To an inspiring journey, @MirzaSania! 🙌🏻
You are one of the finest athletes of this generation and have set a great benchmark so high with your extraordinary performances 😇
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) February 21, 2023
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) February 21, 2023
A mother to 4-year-old boy Izhaan, Mirza, who had turned pro back in 2003, ended her glorious career with six Grand Slam trophies.
Three of those came in women’s doubles with Swiss great Martina Hingis. The other three were in mixed doubles, two of which were with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi – 2009 Australian Open and 2012 French Open – while the other one was a US Open trophy with Bruno Soares.
Recently, Sania has been roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as a mentor for the Women’s team in the upcoming WPL (Women’s Premier League).