After Ostrava’s triumph, Sania and Zhang will participate in the Chicago tournament
Hyderabad: The indomitable Sania Mirza makes every moment count. That she still wins laurels in the twilight of her career proves that she has more to offer and more to accomplish.
The 34-year-old “super mom” gifted her grandson Izhaan, who had left with his aunt to the United States, her 43rd career women’s doubles title when she won the WTA 500 Ostrava Open tennis tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday. Shuai Zhang from China.
Hyderabadi’s tennis loyalist is as passionate about being at the top of her game as she was at her peak. She still has it in her and it shouldn’t come as a surprise if she gets past 50 titles soon. The courageous spirit in his game is always evident. The fire is still burning in her to achieve more glory. Thanks to the last victory, Sania improved her ranking 62 and can participate in most tournaments without special ranking
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The partnership with Zhang only has two tournaments, and the Indo-Chinese pair have won a title in their second venture themselves. Ahead of the Ostrava tournament, the pair lost a tight quarter-final match in Luxembourg. Sania and Zhang will compete in two more tournaments in Chicago and Indiana Wells. The Chicago Falls Open tournament has already started and Sania will play its first game on Wednesday.
Imran Mirza, who is in Hyderabad, said Zhang has wanted to play with Sania for a long time now. âBut somehow it couldn’t work. Sania had always beaten Zhang and the last one was at the Hobart tournament last year. Zhang has immense respect for Sania. Even in the recent tournament in Cleveland before the US Open, Sania and Christina McHal beat Czechs Hradecka and Zhang. ”
Although Sania and Zhang are not natural partners, they have adapted well. âFor example, Martina (Hingis) had volleys while Sania hit from behind. Here, both play better from behind. Volleys are not their basic strengths. But they worked out their strategy. ”
Regarding the future partnership with Zhang, Imran said the picture was still not clear. âZhang and Samantha Stosur recently won the US Open doubles. So it’s not clear if Sania will play with Zhang for a full circuit as Stosur is also in the mix. ”
At 34, Sania still craves success because of her passion for the game. âShe loves being on the pitch and she loves competition. It is something that is a gift from God. She wants to make the case that as a mother, she can win titles. She got the support of us and Shoaib Malik, ” Imran added.
Imran pointed out that it takes a lot of hard work to play at this level, especially after motherhood. âIt wasn’t easy. The kind of physical training she does is amazing. In fact, when she was pregnant, she stopped watching tennis because it hurt her not to be on the court. That’s the kind of passion she has for the game. ”
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