Sania Mirza has said she will call time on her career after the 2022 season on the WTA tour.
Mirza, India’s most successful female tennis player made the announcement after her first-round loss in women's doubles at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
"I've decided that this will be my last season. I'm taking it week by week. Not sure if I can last the season, but I want to," she was quoted as saying.
Let's take a look at the top-5 achievements
First Indian woman to win a WTA title
Sania defeated Ukraine’s Alona Bondarenko 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the WTA 2005 finals to win not only her first WTA title but also the first-ever for any Indian woman. Winning the title was doubly special for her as it came at her hometown- Hyderabad.
First Indian to reach the fourth round of US Open
Sania became the first-ever Indian to reach the fourth round of US Open 2005 after beating Marion Bartoli 7-6, 6-4 in the third round. However, she lost to Russia's Maria Sharapova.
First Indian woman to win a grand slam
Sania partnered Mahesh Bhupati to win the Australian Open in 2009, becoming the first-ever Indian woman to win a grand slam of any kind. The duo defeated Nathalie Dechy and Andy Ram 6-3, 6-1 in the finals.
First Indian woman to win a Wimbledon title
The duo of Sania Mirza and Martina Higgins defeated Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Markova in the prestigious Wimbledon 2015. Mirza became the first Indian woman to win the title.
Awards galore for Sania
Mirza was named one of the ’50 Heroes of Asia’ by Time in 2005. She was also named in Time Magazine’s 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The Government of India has honoured her with the Arjuna Award (2004), Padma Shri (2006), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2015) and Padma Bhushan (2016).