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Now, Sania regrets making retirement announcement

Source: PTI
January 25, 2022 20:35 IST
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Sania Mirza

IMAGE: Sania Mirza says until she plays she's going to try and win every match, so retirement is 'not something that is on my mind'. Photograph: Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, who recently announced that 2022 would be her last season, says she had made the announcement too soon and is "regretting" it since she is being asked about it all the time.

Mirza's swansong appearance at the Australian Open ended with a quarter-final loss to local pair Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler in the mixed doubles, in Melbourne, on Tuesday.

She and American Rajeev Ram were beaten by the wild card entrants 4-6, 6-7.

 

"I am not actually thinking about that at every match, be honest; very! I think that I made the announcement too soon, to be very honest. I am kind of regretting it because that's all I am being asked right now," Mirza said when asked whether her outlook towards tennis and the Tour has changed considering it was her last season.

The 35-year-old, who is India's most accomplished woman tennis player, having won six Grand Slam titles, including three mixed doubles, was speaking on ‘Extraaa Serve' on Sony Sports Network.

Mirza, who hails from Hyderabad, maintained that she plays tennis to win matches.

"I am playing tennis to win matches and until I play I am going to try and win every match I play, so it (retirement) is not something that is on my mind constantly.

"I enjoy playing tennis; I have always enjoyed it, win or lose, and I still have the same outlook to it. I give my 100 (per cent); sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but I am still in it 100 per cent for the rest of the year and I don't want to really think about what's going to happen at the end of the year….," she elaborated.

On the game, which she and Ram lost, Mirza said it wasn't the best of their matches.

"It happens; you don't have a great day once in a while and it is unfortunate when it happens in a (Grand) Slam.

"But I guess we were not able to string it together, both of us, and in the end, we were in it in the second set but we didn't take our chances and that's it. At least I could have played better, but that's how it goes; it happens sometimes.”

Mirza on January 19 had announced that she will hang up her racquet at the end of 2022 season as her body is "wearing down" and the motivation and energy for everyday grind was not the same anymore.

She made the retirement announcement after losing in the Australian Open women's doubles first round with partner Nadiia Kichenok. They lost to Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek and Kaja Juvan.

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