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How Sania Mirza responded to Shoaib Malik's heartfelt message

Star cricketer termed Sania "hope" for women in sports and "inspiration for many" lauding her unbelievable career

By Web Desk
January 29, 2023
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza plays a mixed doubles final on day 12 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 27, 2023. — Instagram/@mirzasaniar
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza plays a mixed doubles final on day 12 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 27, 2023. — Instagram/@mirzasaniar

Days after bowing out of her Grand Slam career, Indian tennis player Sania Mirza  has been receiving love and appreciation from fans, friends and family, including her husband and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.

The celebrity athlete was termed "hope" for all women in sports by Malik, who expressed how proud he was of everything Sania achieved in her long-spanning career.

"You are the much-needed hope for all the women in sports. Super proud of you for all you have achieved in your career. You're an inspiration for many, keep going strong. Many congratulations on an unbelievable career...," he wrote in a tweet.

Responding to the 40-year-old cricketer message on Twitter, Sania quote tweeted  "thank you" with a smiling face emoji.

The 36-year-old athlete — who played her first Grand Slam 18 years ago — participated in the last Australian Open event of her career on Friday.

She delivered a tear-jerking farewell speech at the Australian Open. The tennis star could hardly keep a check on her emotions and said: "I just want to start with that if I cry, these are happy tears and not sad tears so that’s just a disclaimer."

Sania also mentioned that while she would play a few more tournaments, she had resigned from professional tennis and concluded her speech by thanking everyone for their support. “Thank you so much for all the support all week guys and all my life, really. It’s been truly, truly special and I wouldn't have achieved anything without each and every single one of you.

“Thank you very much for everything and thank you, Australia for making me feel at home.”

From 2009 to 2016, Sania won six Grand Slam doubles titles – three each in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles. In 2015, she even became the world's No. 1 in the women’s doubles ranking.

The Australian Open Twitter account also shared a post lauding Sania for her dedication and success, saying: “A trailblazer for women in sport. Thank you, Sania."

From 2009 to 2016, Sania won six Grand Slam doubles titles – three each in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles. In 2015, she even became the world's No. 1 in the women’s doubles ranking.