Ace tennis player Sania Mirza married Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik on April 12, 2008, in Hyderabad. The couple was blessed with a baby boy in 2018 and Sania took a maternity break then. After nearly a two-year break from the sport, Sania won the very first doubles title in January 2020.
Now, the winner of six Grand Slam titles has opened up about the hurdles of balancing a career with motherhood. She also said how pregnancy changed her. She penned an open letter "Ode to All Mothers" to all the women across the world who balance family and personal goals every day.
In her letter, the 34-year-old credited American tennis player Serena Williams for inspiring her on her journey.
"It is often said that a woman has to choose between becoming a mother and chasing her dreams," she wrote. "Today, I write this letter sharing my journey and also a little bit about the inspiration I got from Serena Williams and her journey."
"Having seen Serena, playing in the same era and being around her and watching her gripping documentary Being Serena was like watching her in reality. It shows so much about her personality, her fighting spirit, her passion and her will to succeed even after achieving so much," said Sania Mirza.
She also said about getting back in shape after the pregnancy to winning at Hobart earlier this year.
"Having put-on around 23kgs during my pregnancy, I wasn't sure if I was ever going to get back to being fit and playing tennis again. However, I lost around 26 kilos with a lot of workout regimes and very strict diets and came back to tennis because that's what I know, love and do."