On Tuesday, Sania Mirza made a winning return to tennis at the Hobart International after more than two years of having maternity leave.
Mirza, who is married to Pakistan’s former cricket captain Shoaib Malik, partnered Ukraine’s Nadiia Kichenok to a 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 10-3 victory over Georgia’s Oksana Kalashnikova and Japan’s Miyu Kato in the doubles.
After winning, Mirza took to her Twitter and tweeted,
“Today was one of the most special days of my life to have my parents and my little baby boy with me in my first match after so long… and we WON our first round. Takes you places YES my baby boy, we did it.”
Mirza is known as her country, India’s greatest women’s tennis player, who became the first Indian to win a WTA singles title in 2005.
In October 2017, the 33-year-old tennis player last match at the China Open before injuries and then the birth of son Izhaan in October 2018 meant an extended spell on the sidelines.