Sania axes Pole in style
Sania Mirza made a successful return from a long-term wrist injury when she downed Marta Domachowska of Poland in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) at the Australian Open.sports Updated: Jan 20, 2009 13:22 IST
Sania Mirza made a successful return from a long-term wrist injury on Monday when she downed Marta Domachowska of Poland in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) at the Australian Open.
After missing the latter half of 2008 Mirza showed she had now recovered with an emphatic win over world number 61.
“It was a great way to begin after such a long break,” Mirza said after her first round romp.
“I’ve not played a match in almost six months now ... I’m just happy to have come through.
“I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball really well over the last few days but I was a bit nervous when I went on because there's a difference between being fit and being match-fit.”
Mirza, who was close to breaking the top 30 before her injury, said she hadn't given Domachowska a chance until she tightened up in the second set when victory was in sight.
And she said she was thrilled to be back competing after wondering at one stage whether she would ever play again.
“My wrist is holding up fine, which is good because that was my greatest concern,” she said.
Mirza suffered an injury to her right wrist in March and had surgery in April.
“At the Olympics no-one knew what was wrong with my wrist, we didn’t even know how to fix it,” she said.
“Those days of my life were probably the worst I have faced because I didn't know if I was ever going to hold a racquet again — I mean it was hurting to hold a fork.
“So for me to be out here, and not just win but to be out here and competing, is much larger than winning right now.”
Mirza said she was so upset when she returned to India after the Olympics, until Yuvraj Singh told her about his doctor.
“I was in this mood where I thought nothing's going to work then finally I went and saw the doctor,” Sania said.
After four days, 95 percent movement in her wrist and after eight days all the scar tissue had gone. “Two weeks later I started hitting the ball again,” she said. “It was a miracle.”