Former World No. 1 Sania Mirza has pulled out of the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open in Melbourne due to a calf injury that she picked up while winning her comeback event in Hobart last week. Mirza played her first tournament in two years in Hobart and went on to win the 42nd title of her career, this time with new partner Nadiia Kichenok.
But an injury to her calf means she will only play the women's doubles event in Melbourne. Mirza commented to The Times of India, "It's unfortunate that this niggling injury got aggravated injury got aggravated in the Hobart final just as I was getting to the top of my game.
It is a lot better now and I intend to give it my best shot in doubles. It's disappointing to miss out on the chance to partner Rohan in the mixed doubles."
Bopanna, who lost in the first round of the men's doubles event on Wednesday, told the press in Melbourne, “I was supposed to play mixed doubles with Sania but that’s not happening now as she hurt her calf.
I had to change partners at the last minute and now I’ll be playing with Sania’s doubles partner, Nadiia Kichenok. This happened today as the cut for mixed doubles closed at 4 pm. I don’t know how she’s feeling for the women’s doubles.
I just know that she did not want to push her injury much and she pulled out of mixed doubles. For the women’s doubles, it all depends on how she’s feeling." Mirza and Kichenok are scheduled to play the first round of the women's doubles event against Chinese duo of Xinyun Han and Lin Zhu on Thursday.