HYDERABAD: It was in 2004 that Sania Mirza shot to fame after winning her first WTA singles titles and ten years down the line she was sitting on the courtside guiding her younger teammates excel in the Fed Cup tournament.
The newly-crowned world No. 1 doubles players traversed down the memory lane and shared her thoughts about her career.
What are the two crucial decisions of your life?
Getting married in 2010 was one. It was a crucial time in my career and I had almost quit playing tennis due to wrist injury. I was not able even lift a comb. I think six months after marriage Shoaib said that I should play again. I was not at all thinking about tennis, I think my racquets were in the basement. I then starting playing again and my wrist was better. I did play well at Wimbledon. The second decision was to give up singles and concentrate on doubles. I started doing well with different partners and it was like a dream come true for me.
You won your first title here and returned as No. 1 to the same court. Did you ever dream of this?
It’s indeed a great feeling. It’s just like God has written this script for me. God helped me to win the first title here and he made me No. 1. He did so many great things in my life. I am very fortunate.
Saina Nehwal is back at the No. 1 rank again. In fact both of you have become No. 1 at the same time. How do you look at that?
Once you are No. 1 you are No. 1 that’s it. There is nothing like being back at No. 1. I think we should not look at being No. 1s from the same city, it’s great that the country has two women from different sports. The secret may be because we eat Hyderabadi Biryani.