Shoaib encouraged me to pick up a racquet again: Sania Mirza

'Marriage and playing doubles have been my life's best decisions,' says tennis ace

Web Desk April 20, 2015

INDIA: Tennis ace Sania Mirza recently spoke about her marriage, which she termed one of the best decisions of her life, recalling that her husband Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik was the one who encouraged her to start playing again following an injury.

The newly crowned number-one doubles players, the first Indian woman to climb to the top of the WTA doubles ranking, said that playing doubles was a dream come true for her.

In an interview with the Times of India, Mirza shared her thoughts on her career and personal life, touching upon the two most important decisions of her life.

"Getting married was one," she said.

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Mirza recalled how she almost quit playing owing to a wrist injury, whereby, she was not even able to lift a comb; and termed this as a "crucial time" in her career.

Her husband, however, encouraged her to play again regardless of the fact that she was not even thinking about playing and that her tennis racquets were in the basement.

"The second decision was to give up singles and concentrate on doubles. I started doing well with different partners and it was like a dream come true for me," she said.

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Mirza attributed her first win to God, saying, "It's just like God has written this script for me. God helped me to win the first title here and he made me number one. He did so many great things in my life. I am very fortunate."

She further added that it was a great feeling. “Once you are number one, you are number one," she said.

This interview originally appeared on Times of India


Anjum Arshi | 6 years ago | Reply I hope she will not encourage Shoaib to pick up the bat again. Please God, NO!
goggi (Lahore) | 6 years ago | Reply Sania should be awarded the citizenship of Pakistan.
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