Sania Mirza: Unless there's a magical vaccine, I can't think of playing for some time



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Sania Mirza: Unless there's a magical vaccine, I can't think of playing for some time

Former World No. 1 doubles player Sania Mirza says she is not training right now and does not think she will compete unless there is a vaccine as she has to be mindful of her toddler as well, in an interview to The Hindu.

Sania Mirza says she does not does not plan to play for some time unless there is a vaccine

Speaking to The Hindu, Mirza says, “Right now, there is so much uncertainty and you are not even sure when you can practice, let alone compete.

I am very scared and not even going out. It’s a very difficult phase for everyone across the world and a crisis which is not in our control. I am not even daring to train much on the court (she has one adjacent to her home) because you never know what is going to hit you.

It’s a different kind of challenge." Mirza says she is also worried about her young son so she does not want to take the risk of playinng just yet. "More importantly, I have to also think like a mother, not just as an athlete, [and] take care of my toddler (Izhaan).

I just cannot take the risk of playing and inviting any serious trouble. Of course, the best part of this break is being with my son. He is growing, learning a lot of things and the joy of a parent watching this process is priceless."

Mirza says she does not plan to play in the current scenario unless there is a vaccine. "Definitely, I cannot afford to travel in this grim scenario and also take the liberty of taking my son around or being away from him.

Unless there is a magical vaccine, I cannot think of even playing for some time. So, let’s wait and watch how things evolve." Sania Mirza has won six doubles Grand Slam titles in her career - three in women's doubles and three in mixed doubles.

She is the most successful women's tennis player from India. She has achieved a number of firsts for women's tennis in India, including surpassing $1 million in career earnings (currently over $6.9 million), winning a singles WTA title, and winning six major titles as well as qualifying for and winning the WTA Finals doubles event in 2014.