Indian tennis star Sania Mirza suggests she may have only two more years on tour after winning her first match on Monday since marrying Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.
Despite twin distractions of a high-profile wedding and a persistent wrist injury, Mirza played with remarkable assertiveness to beat Taiwan’s Chan Yung-Jan 6-1, 6-4, in the first round of the Aegon Classic.
Mirza spoke positively about being separated so soon from Shoaib. “The distance between us is difficult. But we will be together for life hopefully, so two years isn’t long,” she said. “Marriage is something which happens to everyone at some point. It’s just if you want to wait to finish your career or to get married now.”