The former World No. 1 in doubles Sania Mirza announced her retirement plans from professional Tennis after the WTA 1000 event in Dubai in February. During an interview with the Women’s Tennis Association, Mirza said that she has plans to retire after the next month’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The six-time champion–three in doubles and three in mixed doubles–Mirza has signed to compete in this month’s Australian Open alongside Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina, WTA reported.
While speaking to the WTA website, she said that she wanted to stop after the WTA Finals but she was struck with an injury and that is not how she wanted to end.
“I was going to stop right after the WTA Finals..but I tore my tendon in my elbow right before US Open so I had to pull out of everything,” Mirza told WTA website. She also said that she has been training and do not want to be forced out by an injury.
Mirza, 36, in her interview, said that “I turned pro in 2003. Priorities change, and now my priority is not to push my body to the limit every single day.” Mirza has recently launched a tennis academy in Dubai. She had started the academy, which is already in three locations, to spread tennis to people’s lives. The WTA 1000 event is set to begin on February 19.