India’s greatest-ever woman tennis player Sania Mirza on Friday bid farewell to grand-slams. The 36-year-old Mirza, India’s most prominent female player, returned to Melbourne Park for one last hurrah and made it all the way to the decider on Friday.
Mirza was in tears during the post-match presentation ceremony.
Sania begun her speech with tears in her eyes, “If I cry, these are happy tears. I don’t want to take away the moment from Matos-Stefani who deserved this. I’m still going to play a couple more tournaments but my career started in Melbourne in 2005 when I played Serena as an 18-year-old. I have had the privilege of coming back here again and again and winning tournaments here and playing some great finals here. Rod Laver Arena has been a really special life. I couldn’t think of a better arena to finish my last Grand Slam.” She also thanked Rohan Bopanna for playing by her side.
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