I’m not both­ered about gender of my child: Sa­nia

I hope for my baby to be heaothy re­jar­doess of the Jen­der says ten­nis star; ‘my par­ents made me beoi­eye in my dreams heoped me afhi­eye them and that’s the kind of par­ent I as­pire to be’

The Gulf Today - - ASIA -

MUMBAI: Ten­nis star Sa­nia Mirza, who is due to de­liver next month, is not both­ered about the gender of her un­born child, and is pray­ing for the baby’s good health.

“I think as an ex­pec­tant mother the most im­por­tant mes­sage that I want to give not just to my child but to every child is that you have to fol­low your dreams what­ever they are even if they are out of the box or out of the or­di­nary, you have to be­lieve in your­self.

“And ob­vi­ously if it is only my child, I would hope, pray and wish for it to be a healthy child. It doesn’t mat­ter if it is a boy or a girl, which seems to be very im­por­tant for a lot of peo­ple,” Sa­nia said in a state­ment.

“Be­sides that, to be­lieve in your­self and al­ways know that you have the free­dom to be who­ever you are. At this point, with re­gard to my baby, all I truly hope, pray and wish is, for it to be healthy, re­gard­less of the gender,” she added.

Sa­nia sent out the heart-warm­ing mes­sage to her un­born child through a video, made by Cul­ture Ma­chine’s dig­i­tal chan­nel Blush in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kel­logg’s In­dia.

Sa­nia got mar­ried to Pak­istani crick­eter Shoaib Ma­lik in 2010.

SPE­CIAL MEM­O­RIES

Any spe­cial mem­o­ries from your own child­hood?

“I have a lot of fond mem­o­ries that I had shared with my par­ents and the up­bring­ing they’ve given me be­cause of which I am who I am to­day and as strong as I am. We used to travel ex­ten­sively from one state to the other to go and play ten­nis matches.

“My par­ents took ex­treme pride in every level of ten­nis that I played. No mat­ter at what level it was, whether it was school, state, na­tional or In­ter­na­tional − THEIR sup­port, en­cour­age­ment and en­thu­si­asm con­tin­ues to re­main the same,” said the 31-year-old.

The ten­nis star says her par­ents made her “be­lieve in my dreams and helped me achieve them and that’s the kind of par­ent I as­pire to be.”

“The ad­vice I have al­ways re­ceived from them is not be fear­ful of the choices you truly be­lieve in. This is the ad­vice I have grown up on and wish to pass on the same to my child as well,” she added.

Sa­nia Mirza

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