Sania Mirza has opened up on the difficulties she faces being a female celebrity in this nation where “certain questions” are always asked of a woman. The World no.1 in doubles has also downplayed her split with her former partner Martina Hingis, labeling it as an” extremely professional decision”.
“I have always said this, being a female celebrity, an athlete in this part of the world is difficult. It’s not just difficult being a tennis player, (but) becoming an athlete. It’s also dealing with the other things around you. Being a woman athlete is probably the toughest thing you can do. The margin of error is very, very small.
The problem is that there are certain questions asked to women without thinking that there is anything wrong with them.
“The problem is that there are certain questions asked
Earlier this year, Sania parted ways with her long-term partner Martina Hingis after a string of poor results. The duo, named ‘SanTina’ by the fans, dominated the women’s doubles circuit for over a year, winning three Grand Slams in the process along with a memorable unbeaten run of 41 matches. However, Mirza felt that the decision was a professional one, and has downplayed its importance, insisting that “it’s not that big a deal as people made it out to be”.
“It was an extremely professional decision. (Doubles) partnerships are like relationships. They work, and then they don’t work. And then you move on. It’s always tricky when you split with someone you have had so much success with.
"But, it’s really not that big a deal as people made it out to be. It’s not that tragic. This is a professional tour. Everybody wants to win. It’s sad to finish a partnership of any kind in anything in life. But you have to accept it. She’s happy in the space with whom she’s playing with now. And obviously I am, which is why I have had success already,” she explained.
The 30-year-old was full of praise for her new doubles partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic. She said, “We had a great start and she is a great fighter, which is her biggest quality as a tennis player. The best thing about our partnership is that we are completely honest with each other. Do I feel that she is going to focus on one (singles) more than the other (doubles)? Of course not. Whenever we step on the court, it is going be 100 percent or we do not get on the court.”