‘Your legacy means a lot to Indian sportswomen’: Wishes poured in as Sania Mirza bids adieu to Grand Slam career

Trailblazing Indian tennis star Sania Mirza capped off her glorious Grand Slam career with a runners-up finish alongside ‘best friend’ Rohan Bopanna in the Australian Open mixed doubles final on Friday.

Pairing up with her first-ever mixed doubles partner Bopanna, the unseeded Indian duo went down 6-7(2) 2-6 to the Brazilian pair of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Mataos in the final at the Rod Laver Arena.

Best wishes continue to pour in for the 36-year-old, who earlier announced that the WTA event in Dubai next month will be her swansong. In an heartwarming message, women wrestler Vinesh Phogat wrote, “Thank you,@MirzaSania for teaching an entire generation of young Indian girls how to dream, I was one of them. You have always played with enormous passion throughout the challenges. Your legacy means a lot to Indian sportswomen. Respect and congratulations!!! ✊🙌🇮🇳.”

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to convey his wished for Sania and wrote,” Many congratulations on a glorious career at the Grand Slam @MirzaSania.You have inspired a whole generation of tennis talent in India & beyond. Wishing you the best of everything in life. You have made 🇮🇳 proud. Well played!”

Sports fraternity wishes Sania best in future:

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