SA­NIA TAR­GETS COME­BACK BY YEAR END

Deccan Chronicle - - Games -

Bengaluru, Feb. 9: In­dia’s ten­nis star Sa­nia Mirza is plan­ning to make a re­turn to the game by year end fol­low­ing the birth of her baby.

The 32-year-old had last played at the China Open in Oc­to­ber, 2017 where she suf­fered a knee in­jury and was out of com­pe­ti­tion in early part of last year. In Oc­to­ber, Sa­nia had de­liv­ered a baby boy and the In­dian ace said she now wants to re­turn to the game and would start her train­ing soon. “Re­al­is­tic pos­si­bil­ity for come­back is by the end of the year,” she said here. “My con­di­tion­ing trainer is com­ing in the next ten days. Now that I have lost weight, I do ten­nis spe­cific train­ing. “I am 32 years old, I am not so young as a ten­nis player. But I would die if I did not try. Ten­nis is my life, it has given me ev­ery­thing. I still have it.”

Sa­nia said she looks up to Ger­man leg­end St­effi Graf, a win­ner of 22 Grand Slam ti­tles, as she has achieved a lot even after mar­riage and hav­ing a kid.

“St­effi Graf is some­one I look up to. I am still star struck when­ever I see her. She is a great ex­am­ple be­cause peo­ple say a woman can­not have to it all, but she had it all,” she said.

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