At 33 years of age, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza made a return to the hard court after a two-year long break from the sport and it was almost as if she picked up right from where she left before she became a mother.
The 2020 edition of the Hobart International Tournament saw Mirza booking a berth in the doubles quarterfinals with Ukranian partner Nadia Kichenok after defeating the duo of Oksana Kalashnikova Miyu Kato 2-6, 7-6 (3), 10-3 in a contest that lasted one hour and 45 minutes.January 14, 2020
The comeback win turned out to be even sweeter because of the fact that the athlete had a couple of familiar faces in the crowd. Her parents and her little boy Izhaan were present at the venue to witness the victory.
"Today was one of the most special days of my life to have my parents and my little baby boy with me in my first match after so long..and we WON our first round.feel very grateful for the love I am receiving.. BELIEF!! Takes you places YES my baby boy,we did it," she posted on her Twitter handle.
Today was one of the most special days of my https://t.co/OmE4Vq7KlQ have my parents and my little baby boy wit me in my first match after so long..and we WON our first round.feel very grateful for the love I am receiving.. BELIEF!! Takes you places ðYES my baby boy,we did itðªð½ pic.twitter.com/xxPQ4E2IFE— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) January 14, 2020
Retired from singles tennis in 2013 after attaining a career best singles ranking of 27 in 2007, the last time the Indian was seen in action was all the way back in 2017 at China Open during which she fell prey to a nagging knee injury.
During her time away from the court, Mirza struggled with major injuries before announcing a formal absence in April 2018 to give birth to her son.
Millions of fans took to Twitter to congratulate Mirza on her victorious return:
Your each win is a victory to a million women who's inspired by your life.— BVS Ravi (@BvsRavi) January 14, 2020
Many congratulations. What you have done is an extremely difficult task— anirudhsingh (@anirudh_us) January 14, 2020
Every day is special. Bcz u r special. Congratulations ð Again n again socially 4u San. @MirzaSania— Yousuf Hussaini (@YousufHussaini5) January 14, 2020
Great to see you back on the @WTA tour competing again ð¾ All the best for your 2020 comeback season!— Jason Wang (@jaysanw) January 14, 2020
Congratulations. You're a legend, you're the inspiration not only for your son but for millions. Wish you all the best.— Deb Jai Hind ð®ð³ (@deb_bhat) January 14, 2020
Welcome back, Sania. You were certainly missed ððððð.— Jeniffer L. Estrada (@Jeniestra) January 14, 2020