MELBOURNE, Jan 25 —Sania Mirza, India’s greatest women’s tennis player, stayed on observe for a fairytale farewell soon after she achieved the combined doubles remaining at the Australian Open today.
Mirza teamed up with Rohan Bopanna for her remaining Grand Slam in Melbourne, acquiring declared her motivation to phase away from the sport after upcoming month’s Dubai Tennis Championships.
Mirza, who received the women’s doubles crown at the 2016 Australian Open, and Bopanna defeated the third seed pairing of Desirae Krawczyk and Neal Skupski 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 10-6 in the semi-finals currently.
For Mirza, there was no modify of strategy heading into her ultimate main, with the 36-12 months-outdated focused on competing at her greatest amount.
“I engage in every match trying to win, regardless of whether it is my previous tournament or my previous slam or my to start with slam. For me, competitiveness is in my blood,” Mirza, the first Indian to get a WTA singles title, instructed reporters.
“Every time I step on the court docket, I want to gain irrespective of irrespective of whether it’s heading to be my previous slam, no matter whether it is my very last period…
“It’s unique in lots of methods. It’s psychological in a lot of techniques. The strategy to each individual match remains the exact, the very same professionalism, warmup, routine, type of will to win. That does not actually modify.”
Mirza will play in the combined doubles final on Friday, 18 yrs following she initial manufactured her key debut at the identical match. — Reuters