. In the mixed doubles final on Friday morning, the Indian pair of Sania Mirza-Bopanna lost to Stephanie-Rafael (Brazil) 6-7, 2-6. With this defeat, Sania’s Grand Slam tennis career seems to have ended.
Sania Mirza’s hopes of winning the prestigious Australian Open and saying goodbye to her career have been dashed. Sania, who has already lost in the women’s doubles, was also defeated in the mixed doubles event. In the mixed doubles final on Friday morning, the Indian pair of Sania Mirza-Bopanna lost to Stephanie-Rafael (Brazil) 6-7, 2-6. With this defeat, Sania’s Grand Slam tennis career seems to have ended. Sania was emotional after the match. She shed tears as if she could not play in Grand Slam anymore. The tennis queen started her professional tennis career in Melbourne. Now it is a bit of a surprise to say goodbye to the game on the same ground. ‘I started my professional tennis career in 2005 in Melbourne. There could be no better venue to bid farewell to a Grand Slam career. 18 years ago, I played here with Serena Williams. I also played with Carolina. This ground is very special to me. He did not expect to play the Grand Slam final in the presence of his son. It has always been an honor for me to represent the country at the Australian Open,’ Sania concluded her speech with tears welling up in her eyes.
This is Sania’s 11th Grand Slam final in her career. She won a total of 43 doubles titles, including six Grand Slams. Previously, Sania remained the WTA No. 1 player in the women’s doubles category for 91 weeks. After the match, Rohan Bopanna and others praised Sania as an inspiration to the young tennis players. Sania will play her last tournament at the WTA 1000 event in Dubai next month.
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