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Sania Mirza to play farewell exhibition match in Hyderabad




Indian tennis queen Sania Mirza, who announced her retirement from professional tennis at the Dubai Tennis Championships earlier this month, is set to receive a rousing send-off from Indian fans in her hometown Hyderabad. Sania Mirza’s farewell will be held on March 5 at the Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad. Sania Mirza will feature in a few exhibition matches as part of the tournament. “I’m all set to play my last tennis match, right where it all started for me 18-20 years ago… and all my close friends, my family and my partner will come and I’ll I can.” Don’t wait to play in front of you for the last time,” Sania Mirza said according to the Olympic website.

“I hope to end this journey on a beautiful note in front of my friends, my family and most importantly, my most loyal fans and followers,” she added.

Six-time Grand Slam tennis winner Sania Mirza will play two exhibition matches as part of her farewell. The first event will be a one rounder game between two teams consisting of actors, cricketers and tennis players. Out of the two teams, one will be led by Sania while the other will be led by Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna.

The second will be the mixed doubles tennis match between Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Bopanna, Dodig and Sands have worked with Sania Mirza in the past.

Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna have been teammates for a long time and finished fourth in mixed doubles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Earlier this year, the pair reached the final of the Australian Open, which turned out to be the veteran tennis star’s last Grand Slam appearance.

Sania Mirza is unquestionably India’s most accomplished female tennis player. She won 44 WTA Championships (43 in doubles and one in singles) in an illustrious career that spanned nearly two decades, and she was also the world No. 1 in the women’s doubles WTA rankings at the time.

Her most recent doubles win came at the Ostrava Open in the Czech Republic in 2021 when she partnered with China’s Zhang Shuai.

Many celebrities including Bollywood and Tollywood stars are expected to attend the farewell ceremony of Sania Mirza.

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