Mum Mirza to wind back the clock in WTA doubles return

Former doubles No. 1 Sania Mirza will make a post-motherhood return to the WTA wars in January as the Indian resumes with entries at the Hobart event followed by the Australian Open.

The six-time Grand Slam doubles champion (three in women’s, three in mixed) last played in 2017 before giving birth to a son.

The 33-year-old is set to combine with Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine, ranked 38th in doubles.

“I am playing in Hobart, then I am playing the Australian Open. I’m planning to play a tournament in Mumbai, which is a $25k ITF event next month, but I am 50-50 about it,” Mirza told local media.

“Let’s see how my wrist behaves. We’ll see, but Hobart and the Australian Open for sure.”

She said that getting back into competitive form has been a long road with challenges still to come.

“There are a lot of changes when you have a baby, but I feel fit, my body is where it used to be before I had the baby.

“It was only six or seven months ago that I though about returning as a realistic possibility.”

Mirza is also not ruling out the Tokyo Olympics if she can qualify.

“I’ve been to the Olympics three times and last time we were unlucky not to win a medal. If I’m able to put myself in that position to be able to compete at the Olympics again for the fourth time in my life, I’d be really honoured and privileged.

“But I’ve got three slams before the Olympics and for me it’s week to week and day to day.”

Mirza won her lone singles title – and the first for a player from India – at home in her hometown of Hyderabad in 2005.

Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online

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