Sania Mirza to miss another couple of months through injury

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Sania Mirza to miss another couple of months through injury

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SportsCafe Desk

02/04/2018

Six-time Grand Slam winner Sania Mirza's spell on the sideline is set to continue as she gave an estimate of 'two more months' to recover from an injury to her right knee which aggravated last October. Sania has been off the court for four months and will miss the upcoming Fed Cup.

Mirza is no stranger to injuries since she went Pro in 2003. Mirza has gone under the knife on three occasions prior to her current injury setback and maintains that for an athlete it is less about the physical pain and more about the mental struggle they go through during rehabilitation. The former world number one women's’ double’s player has been off the grid for four months now after suffering from ‘jumpers knee’ which was aggravated during her 2017 season.

“It will take a couple of more months. I don’t want to get into technicalities of it but even if there was a surgery there is no guarantee that it is going to get better. It’s basically pain that I need to manage. It got out of hand so I had to take time off. I could not take painkillers anymore. It is getting better. It’s frustrating because you have to rest and do rehab,” Mirza said according to sources off PTI.

After a brilliant 2016, which saw Sania win the Australian Open with partner Martina Hingis, the Indian tennis ace had a rather quiet 2017 where she just had an Australian Open mixed doubles finals appearance. Mirza and partner Ivan Dodig lost the final to Abigail Spears of America and Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia.

"As athletes we are always greedy. When I win 10, I want to win 11, and want to go just one step further every time. That's just the way it goes for every sports person. So it was decent year for me in 2017, as I finished top-10 in the world. It could have been better for sure. But I'm happy with the way things panned out for me," Mirza added.

But Mirza reasserts that she was not really concerned about the fewer returns, as she was satisfied that she could maintain her Top-10 ranking. Mirza has not stayed out of the game for such a long period after she went Pro in 2003, but she is not too worried about the time lost due to her unfortunate injury. Mirza took her injury setback as an opportunity to spend time with her family and take a breather after a long time on the court.

"During the break from tennis, I have been spending time with my family, and giving time for rehab. I have other work commitments too, that need to taken care of. Also I have take care of my knee really well, as I can't do much jumps, and have to go slow with the rehab. When you get a break like this you just have to make the most of it. Tennis has been very demanding and I have been on circuit since 2003. So I'm trying to bring out the positives from the break i'm getting. So this break is not going to make a difference in the long run." the tennis player said.

Sania is set to miss out on the Fed Cup which is set to begin on February 7. The coveted tournament will see the likes of young guns such as Karman Kaur Thandi, Ankita Raina, Pranjala Yadlapalli, and Prathana Thombare step up their game in Mirza’s absence. 

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