Wimbledon 2021: Sania Mirza made her winning return with her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the Wimbledon 2021 Championship. The duo has made their way to Round two in the hallowed turf of Wimbledon with which Mirza has a special connection with.
In the women’s doubles opener event, Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands bagged the game with a score of 7-5,6-3 against Alexa Guarachi and Desirae Krawczyk. Mirza and Mattek-Sand’s opening match playing in Round One lasted for an hour and 28 minutes on Court Eight. In Round Two, the Indo-American pair will go head to head with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova-Elena Rybakina and Veronika Kudermetova-Elina Vesnina.
Mirza has a special connection with the courts of the All England Club. When Mirza was 17-years-old, she was paired up with Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova in 2003 on the lush green lawns of Wimbledon. In the same year, she turned professional and kickstarted her journey racing for the Wimbledon Championships Girls’ Doubles title.
Sania Mirza is going to be headlining the Indian tennis contingent which is going to be participating in the upcoming Olympics later this month. Her form in the game will be crucial for the country. Mirza reserved her berth at the Tokyo Olympics by her protect ranking at No.9. Mirza will be pairing up with Ankita Raina along with her American partner Lauren Davis in the women’s doubles event. Raina was scheduled to play at the Wimbledon 2021 later on Thursday.
Mirza made her first winning comeback as a mother in January last year. She is married to the Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and has a son named Izhaan. After she competes at the Tokyo Olympics, the 34-year-old Tennis sensation will become the first woman to represent India at four athletes. Along with her, athlete Seema Punia has also reserved her place in the Olympics for the fourth time.