Sania Mirza gets wildcard entry to Dubai Tennis Championships

She will be looking to replicate her run from 2013 at the Dubai Tennis Championships when she won the doubles title with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

By Andre Pitts ·

Sania Mirza received a wildcard entry in the women’s doubles for the Dubai Tennis Championships where the Indian tennis ace will be eager to impress when she steps on to the court for her first match on Tuesday.

She and French partner Caroline Garcia are slated to take on Alla Kudryavtseva and Katarina Srebotnik in a round of 32 match at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

One of the most successful players in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) with 42 doubles titles to her name, Sania Mirza made a successful return to tennis earlier this year after a more than a two-year break from the sport following the birth of her son.

She won her first tournament back with Nadiia Kichenok at the Hobart International last month before an injury cut short her participation at the Australian Open a few days later.

Indian tennis’ top female athlete will be eager to notch up another win under her belt and can draw on inspiration from the past having previously won the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships doubles titles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA.

She will, undoubtedly, be hoping for more success in Dubai as she eyes a return to full fitness and form ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

Sania Mirza was a part of the Indian tennis contingent in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She and her mixed doubles partner Rohan Bopanna enjoyed a good run but eventually suffered heartbreak after narrowly missing out on a podium finish.

The duo reached the bronze medal play-off match against Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecká and Radek Štěpánek but lost after a thrilling contest.

Sania Mirza will be looking to team up with Rohan Bopanna in the mixed doubles again in Tokyo as they bid for Olympic glory. They will be keen for a better finish than they managed in Rio and Sania Mirza will want to get as many matches as possible ahead of Tokyo as she targets peak fitness before the sport's showpiece event.