Sania Mirza

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India's tennis ace Sania Mirza recently made a big announcement that she would retire from the sport at the end of this season. However, the 35-year-old is now regretting making the revelation as it has become the major talking point, something she presumably didn't sound too comfortable with.

Following her exit from the mixed doubles' event at Australian Open 2022, Sania Mirza told Sony Sports Network, "I made the announcement too soon... To be very honest. I'm kind of regretting it because that's all I'm being asked about right now."

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Notably, Sania along with her partner Rajeev Ram, faced a defeat in the quarter-finals to the Australian duo of Jason Kubler and Jaimee Fourlis. Having already been knocked out of the women's doubles event, Mirza's campaign ended on Tuesday, which was possibly her last match at Melbourne Park. 

I still want to win everything I play: Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza went on to say that she is playing tennis to win matches, and until she plays she is going to try and win every match I play. "It's not something [post-retirement thoughts] that's on my mind constantly. I enjoy playing tennis, you have known me for a long time, win or lose," she said.

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The veteran also claimed that she has the same outlook and she will continue to work 100 per cent, no matter if it works or not. "But I'm still in it 100 per cent for the rest of the year. And I don't really want to think about what's going to happen at the end of the year. I still want to win everything I play," Mirza added.

Why did Sania announce her retirement?

Earlier, the Indian tennis star had clearly stated that it is going to be her last season. "I've decided that this will be my last season. I'm taking it week by week. Not sure if I can last the season, but I want to," she told reporters.

She had also revealed the reasons behind her decision to retire from the sport. "There's a bunch reasons for it. It's not as simple as 'okay I'm not going to play'. I do feel my recovery is taking longer, I do feel, considering my son is three years old, I'm putting him at risk by travelling so much with him, that's something I have to take into account," Mirza said.

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The 35-year-old added, "My body is wearing down. My knee was really hurting today (during women's doubles Round 1) and I'm not saying that's the reason we lost but I do think that it is taking time to recover as I'm getting older."