Indian tennis star Sania Mirza had a lively chat with Purav Raja on his Instagram show, Chai with Raja on Sunday. The topic of conversation ranged from Mirza’s and even how she has been lending her helping hand to migrant labours who have been stuck amid the coronavirus lockdown.
During the last minutes of the LIVE session, Raja was playing a rapid fire round with Mirza, where she was asked about the trophy that she misses the most in her trophy cabinet, to which Mirza replied, “Only thing left for me to achieve is an Olympic medal.”
Sania Mirza with partner Rohan Bopanna in order to have another tilt at an Olympic medal. Mirza came agonisingly close to a podium place at Rio 2016 alongside Bopanna. The mixed doubles duo had reached the bronze medal play-off match against Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecká and Radek Štěpánek, but were eliminated after a thrilling two-setter.
While speaking with fellow tennis player Purav Raja she mentioned, “Biggest regret is to lose the bronze medal match at Rio 2016”.
In October 2017, however, Sania Mirza went down after a knee injury following the WTA China Open, and the one-year layoff saw her embrace parenthood. Mirza, who made comeback after 2+ years of hiatus owing to childbirth, won the Hobart International partnering with Ukraine’s Nadia Kichenok.
Sania went to the US to play Indian Wells, which got cancelled after she reached there. She flew down to India on March 15 before the international borders were shut down. On April 12, she marked her 10th anniversary with husband Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, who is locked down in Pakistan. They couldn’t spend their anniversary together, however, she said she is looking forward to a. lot of things when the crisis is over.
Moved by the plight of poor people amid coronavirus because of the lockdown, Mirza has urged people to help the less fortunate people. She has been helping the poor ever since this coronavirus pandemic broke in March.
Incidentally, she became the first Indian to be nominated for the Fed Cup Heart Award. She is the nominee for the award from the Asia/Oceania Zone along with Indonesia’s Priska Madelyn Nugroho.