For the last few years, ace tennis star Sania Mirza has, time and again, been dragged into various controversies — be it her attire on the tennis court, her stance on pre-marital sex, a mistaken insult to the National Flag or the fuss around her marriage to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.
According to the athlete, every time she has tried to clear the air, her words have been twisted. That’s one reason why she’s now putting down the ‘real story’ behind all the reports published about her in a soon-to-be-launched autobiography.
“The book is about a side of me that very few people know,” says Mirza, who recently celebrated her 25th birthday in Dubai with her husband and family, though reports claimed she was in Mumbai.
She elaborates, saying, “For the first time, the autobiography will tell my point of view about all the controversies, because whenever I’ve tried to talk about it to journalists, they always end up writing their own point of view.”
The untitled book may not only help tabloid journalists, but also budding tennis players. It will cover the young star’s stint in the professional world of sport. She adds, “That’s more important. I dwell on my journey in tennis and that could be useful to aspiring tennis players and their families in the future.”
Having moved to Dubai after her much-publicised wedding to Malik in April 2010, Mirza makes it a point to visit Mumbai often.
But it’s been a year, and even though her marriage started off on a turbulent note — a Pakistani woman named Ayesha had come forward to declare she was Malik’s wife just a few weeks before Mirza’s wedding day — the sportsperson knows that “these things go with the territory and one learns to take it in one’s stride”.
“My marriage has never been strained because of the nonsense that is written, but it does irritate us at times,” she says, adding that for her off-season training, she will be spending a considerable amount of time in Mumbai this December.