Bollywood lauds 'legend' Sania Mirza after final Grand Slam

Wednesday 01st February 2023 06:49 EST

Bollywood celebrities took to their social media accounts to praise Tennis “legend” Sania Mirza after she announced her final Grand Slam at Melbourne Park last week. Sania and Rohan Bopanna came second to Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos of Brazil in the Australian Open mixed doubles final.

Taking to her Instagram Stories, Priyanka Chopra shared a video of Sania with her son Izhaan Mirza Malik. She wrote, "Legend @mirzasaniar (folded hands, red heart, and eyes with tears emojis).”

Kajol shared a video of an emotional Sania breaking down after her final Grand Slam match. She captioned the post, "You have always made India and women everywhere look up to you.. and you always will (red heart and national flag emojis) @MirzaSania." In the video, Sania said, "I am still gonna play a couple of tournaments. The journey of my professional career started in Melbourne.”

"It started in Melbourne in 2005 when I played Serena Williams in the third round here as an 18-year-old. That was scary enough 18 years ago. I have had the privilege to come back here again and again and win some tournaments here and play some great finals...I couldn't think of a better arena to finish my career in a Grand Slam," said an emotional Sania in the post-match interview.

Abhishek Bachchan shared a photo of Sania, on Twitter, holding the National Flag and smiling. He captioned the post, "To a glorious career, @MirzaSania! You’ve always made India proud & been an inspiration for many of us. Best wishes for a fun-filled & relaxing retirement. You’ll be missed, but never forgotten.”

Sania won two Grand Slam tournaments at the Australian Open. She won the Australian Open women's doubles title with Martina Hingis in 2016 and the Australian Open mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009. On Friday, Sania was competing in her final Grand Slam with Rohan Bopanna, where the duo was defeated 7(7)-6(2), 6-2 by Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos.

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