Sania Mirza to make comeback at Hobart International in 2020

Mirza will be returning to the court after a two-year maternity break.

Indian tennis legend Sania Mirza will make her comeback to the court at the Hobart International in January, 2020.

The 33-year-old will return to competitive tennis after a two-year maternity break, having last played at the 2017 China Open.

New partner for Mirza

In a press conference in Mumbai, Mirza announced that she will be partnering with Ukraine’s Nadiia Kichenok in the women’s doubles category at the Hobart International. Mirza also revealed that she intends to participate in the Australian Open next year, pairing up with Rajeev Ram for that competition.

“I am playing in Hobart, then I am playing the Australian Open. I am planning to play a tournament in Mumbai, which is a $25,000 (ITF women event) next month, but I am 50-50 about it, so let’s see how my wrist behaves. We will see, but Hobart and Australian Open,” said Mirza in that press conference.

The Hobart International gets underway on January 11th.

Mirza is India’s most accomplished women’s tennis player, winning six Grand Slams, including a women’s double Wimbledon title in 2015 while paired up with Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis.

The 33-year-old’s last major triumph came at the 2016 Australian Open, where she bagged the top prize, also alongside Hingis.

Sania Mirza (R) and Martina Hingis (L) won the women’s doubles Wimbledon title in 2015
Sania Mirza (R) and Martina Hingis (L) won the women’s doubles Wimbledon title in 2015Sania Mirza (R) and Martina Hingis (L) won the women’s doubles Wimbledon title in 2015

Sania Mirza and her Olympic Aspirations

With the 2020 Olympics drawing closer, Mirza revealed at the same press conference that she is hopeful of making the cut for another Olympics appearance.

Mirza has so far participated in the Games three times, playing in Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio (2016). Her best ever finish came in Rio, where she lost the bronze-medal match in the mixed doubles category, losing 1-6, 5-7 against Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.

“I have been there (Olympics) three times and last time, we were unlucky to not win a medal. If I am able to put myself in that position to be able to compete at the Olympics again for the fourth time in my life, I would be really honoured and privileged. I have got three slams before Olympics and for me it’s week-to-week and day-to-day,” said Mirza.

Mirza is married to former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik, with the pair having a two-year old son called Izhaan.

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