Former Doubles No.1 and multiple Grand Slam champion Sania Mirza recently spoke about her much awaited comeback and her goals ahead. “The idea right now is to be back for the Australian Open in January next year. Prior to it, I might play a couple of tournaments on the hard court leg in Hobart and Auckland,” she said.
“I do miss being out there and now that I'm feeling good, I can't wait to return and have my son Izhaan travelling with me”. Speaking about finding a new partner, the Indian said, “I'm in talks with a few players, let's see how it turns out.
There's still time. It's a new process. Almost like starting all over again”. With her comeback scheduled for next year, she mentioned her goals going forward, “It's going to be baby steps in Sania 2.0.
I don't want to set myself any goals. I've already achieved so much through my career, so whatever comes now is going to be a bonus. I'm not going to be devastated if I don't have great results. My return is more a way to prove to myself that I can compete again”.
Eying a place at the 2020 Olympics, she added, “It's not so much of a goal as a vision. It's definitely something I want to tick off my list. I think it will be pretty amazing if I get around to doing it”.
Speaking about being away from tennis for two years, she added, “During pregnancy, I wasn't even thinking of tennis. I was just doing a lot of yoga and going for walks. It's perhaps silly now that I think of it, but I just didn't want to watch any tennis at all these past two years since I couldn't play myself. I'd just turn off the TV if I saw a tennis match on it”.