“I Couldn’t Think Of A Better Arena To Finish My Career”: Sania Mirza Breaks Down During Her Final Address


Melbourne: Indian tennis great Sania Mirza bid an emotional farewell to her Grand Slam career on Friday. Sania Mirza and fellow Indian tennis great Rohan Bopanna finished second to the Brazilian pairing of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos in the 2023 Australian Open mixed doubles final today.

After the tournament, Sania during her farewell speech recalled how her journey started in Melbourne when she played Serena Williams in the third round. She could not hold back her tears as she got emotional at the Rod Laver Arena thanking everyone for their unconditional support.

“I’m still gonna play a couple more tournaments but my journey of my professional career started in Melbourne. It started in Melbourne in 2005 when I played Serena Williams in the third round here as an 18-year-old,” she said.

“I’ve had the privilege to come back here again and again and win some tournaments here and play some great final amongst you all, and it’s Rod Laver Arena has really been special in my life. And I couldn’t think of a better arena to finish my career at in a Grand Slam. So thank you so much for making me feel at home here,” she added.



Mirza, who has won six Grand Slam doubles championships — three in mixed, including the 2009 Australian Open — will retire next month after a tournament in Dubai.

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