In an interview to ESPN India the doubles player Sania Mirza spoke about how seeing fellow mothers coming back to compete encouraged her to do the same after giving birth. Mirza said: "It's hugely inspiring to see someone like a Serena [Williams] do what she does after childbirth.
Kim [Clijsters] did it remarkably almost a decade ago (winning the 2009 US Open). My former partner Cara [Black] too was travelling with her young son when we were playing together so I do have some experience, even if second-hand.
I think it's no more about career or motherhood. You can do both. It's not an either-or scenario." On the Indian women's tennis, Mirza added: "We need to step up. I've been answering questions on 'who after me' for a decade now.
The men's scene seems to have more potential and results. We have a player in the top 100 and a few others getting there. We can't say the same for the women. Of course, there are players like Ankita [Raina] and Karman [Kaur Thandi] who've been doing well.
Karman has had an excellent support system in Mahesh [Bhupathi], but she's been struggling with injuries I believe. Ankita has been traveling without a coach. So, they're both dealing with different things. In the larger picture, tennis in India lacks a system. We can learn lessons from badminton", concluded the 32-year-old.