The Indian tennis star Sania Mirza said goodbye to a grand slam after she lost her last match in Australian Open Championship. She already announced her goodbye earlier this month. She started her grand slam career 18 years that ended with tears of joy at the age of 38.
At announcing her farewell from the grand slam, she became emotional, and tears rolled down on cheek. She called it tears of happiness and joy.
She started her last words with,
“This is your moment, and I really don’t want to take it away, and I know you from the bottom of my heart you guys played amazing you deserved to win today, so congratulations and good luck,”
She also announced that she would play a couple of tournaments before her final goodbye. About her career, she said,
“It started in Melbourne in 2005 when I played Serena Williams in the third round here as an 18-year-old, and that was scarily enough 18 years ago,”
“I’ve had the privilege to come back here again and again and win some tournaments here and play some great finals amongst you all, and this Rod Laver Arena has really been special in my life, and I couldn’t think of a better arena to finish my career at in a Grand Slam. Thank you so much for making me feel at home here,”
Sania also expressed her gratitude to her family and team that was there in the park,
“I never thought that I would be able to play in front of my child in a Grand Slam finals, so it’s truly special for me to have my four-year-old here, and my parents here and Rohan’s wife here, Scotty, everyone, my trainers, my family from Australia, who made me feel like home away from home.”
She wrapped up her words with, “Thank you very much for everything, and thank you, Australia, for making me feel at home.”
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) January 27, 2023