Tennis ace Sania Mirza ended her Australian Open 2020 campaign after she retired from her women’s doubles first-round match.
Sania Mirza, who partnered with Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine, was trailing 1-0 in the 2nd set before she was forced to retire with a calf injury. The calf injury had earlier forced her to pull out of the mixed-doubles event where she was to partner countryman Rohan Bopanna.
Chinese pair of Xinyun Han and Lin Zhu were leading 6-2, 1-0 in the first-round match against the Indo-Ukrainian pair before Mirza decided to stop the match owing to her injury.
She opted out of mixed doubles to focus on doing well in women’s doubles.
“It’s unfortunate that this niggling injury got aggravated in the Hobart final just as I was getting to the top of my game. It is a lot better now and I intend to give it my best shot in doubles. It’s disappointing to miss out on the chance to partner Rohan in mixed,” Mirza had said.
Earlier, Sania Mirza had made a dream comeback on her return to competitive action by winning the Hobart International title along with Nadiia Kichenok, after a two-year-long maternity break.