Lack of training partner limiting tennis ace Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza guided the Indian women’s team to their first-ever Fed Cup play-offs finish before the coronavirus stalled all sporting events.

India’s ace doubles tennis player Sania Mirza has said that not having a partner to practice with has limited her training regime while staying in isolation.

After the escalation of coronavirus cases stopped all sporting events across the world, most countries have announced a national lockdown to further prevent the spread of the pandemic.

“I need a partner to train and there is no one around because of the lockdown,” Sania Mirza told Sportstar while elaborating her daily practice while confined to home.

“The only time I am spending on the tennis court (adjacent to her home) is with my son Izhaan in the evenings,” she further added.

The Indian tennis ace had said earlier that she was able to get 'some work done' in the tennis court but had pointed out that she wasn't practising.

Cherishing Fed Cup success

Before the sporting events were cancelled and countries went into lockdown, the Indian team created history by advancing into the Fed Cup playoffs for the first time ever.

Sania Mirza was a constant guide to the Indian women’s side throughout the tournament and the veteran was required to partner Ankita Raina in a do-or-die match in the end against Indonesia. The doubles duo won 7(7)-6(4), 6-0 to take India to the next stage.

“I am delighted to guide the Indian team to the Fed Cup World Group, which we have never done before,” an ecstatic Sania Mirza said.

“I was very excited. That is one of the high points of my career. Well, even if I don’t play tennis again, this one moment which I love to cherish for a long, long time for sure,” she added.

For the 33-year-old, however, staying at the top was a bigger achievement in her career.

It was on April 12, 2015, she won her third consecutive title alongside Martina Hingis in the form of the WTA Family Circle Cup. It was then Sania Mirza became the world no.1 women doubles player, the first Indian female tennis player ever to achieve it.

“It (becoming world no.1) was one thing which every tennis player dreams to be and more importantly finishing two-year endings as No. 1, which no other Indian has done, is something I am really proud of,” said Sania Mirza, who also managed to raise a significant amount in little time to help the underprivileged during the ongoing national lockdown.