The journey back to the top won’t be easy, says Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, who is targetting a return to competitive tennis by the end of 2019 season.
Mirza, who recently had her first child, is the winner of six Grand Slams and has now restarted training.
The 32-year-old former doubles world No 1 says she has to juggle many a role and it is a demanding task.
“Well, I have been able to play these roles thick and fast. I have been a wife for a while. I have become mother just now. I am trying to get back to the top level. I know, it is not going to be easy, but nothing is [more] worth than doing it,” Sania told PTI.
“My realistic goal is to make a comeback to the sport. Probably by the end of this year it may happen. Earlier I had talked about my return by 2020. There was a reason for that. I didn’t want to put pressure on myself and still don’t,” she said.
Mirza said her life has changed completely after giving birth to her son Izhaan Mirza-Malik.
“Life changes a lot when you have an infant in the house. You are not the priority anymore. As sportspersons, we tend to be a little bit selfish all our life. It is all about us. It is all about our fitness, rest and work,” Sania said.
“When an infant arrives in the house, it is nothing about you anymore. It is all about the infant. And, that is what motherhood is all about. The life becomes selfless,” she said.
Mirza said her son will have to freedom to choose his calling in life.
“I and my husband (Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik) are not discussing it at all. He can be a doctor or whatever he wants to be, and that is how my parents have brought me about. They allowed me to choose whatever I wanted to do. May be, my son, will not be a sportsperson at all. You never know,” she said.