Seeing Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters is hugely inspiring, says Mirza



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Seeing Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters is hugely inspiring, says Mirza

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.