Sania Mirza Reveals She had Plans to Quit Tennis in 2010

Sania Mirza is not giving up yet. She wants to be world No. 1 in doubles ranking and also has her eyes on the 2016 Rio Olympics. The tennis star therefore says she has no time for 'silly politicians' who had previously called her 'non-Indian.'

updated: October 28, 2014 15:39 IST
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Zimbabwe's Cara Black, left, and India's Sania Mirza embrace after winning the title match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore.


Sania Mirza revealed on Tuesday that she had planned to retire from tennis in 2010. The 27-year-old, however, said that she is currently playing the "best tennis ever" and that she is past recent political remarks which questioned her patriotism. Sania won the WTA Finals in Singapore with her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black.

Speaking to the media in Hyderabad on Tuesday, the veteran doubles player said that while thoughts of hanging up her boots had crossed her mind, she is glad to have chosen against it. (Sania dedicates WTA triumph to "My India")

"In 2010, I thought I was going to retire. And here I am in 2014, playing the best tennis of my life," she said. "You never know what's going to happen in an athlete's life. Hopefully, I can get to my goal of becoming No. 1 next year and keep this form going. My present is good and I don't live in the past. I did get a bit emotional earlier when my patriotism was questioned but there are a few silly people out there that we must ignore." (Sania dedicates WTA triumph to "My India")

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