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About Sania Mirza

Professional tennis player from India. Former world Number 1, Sania Mirza has won six Grand Slam titles. She is a recipient of the Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.

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  • Do you see yourself staying involved with the sport after you retire?
  • What happens when a famous tennis star and a famous cricket star stay under the same roof?
  • Has marriage changed your attitude towards your profession?
  • No other Indian woman has appeared in the top 500 in tennis in years. Why do you think that is so?
  • Why do you think you remain by far the most recognized and famous sportswoman in India even with the rise of athletes like Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu?
  • When did you start dreaming of becoming world number 1?
  • Do you think India, like China should start focusing on women and assist them in the best way to produce results at the international level?
  • What are your thought on India being able to produce to results in doubles, but failing to do the same in singles?
  • How did becoming world no. 1 change your outlook on the court?
  • What was the best reaction that you received on becoming world no.1?
  • India and Pakistan are both predominantly patriarchal societies. How will you and Shoaib bring up the child?
  • Will you and Shoaib push your child towards one particular sport?
  • How much do you think women’s sport has progressed in India, if it has?
  • People have raised questions regarding you for writing an autobiography at just 29, maybe forgetting that you started very early at the age of 15. What are your thoughts on you?
  • Do you think you can keep on playing even in your 40s? Like Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi?
  • You once said that Indians don’t have the genetics to play singles. Is that one factor all it comes down to?
  • Do you have any ultimate goal in your career in terms of winning a certain number of majors or do you just take it one day at a time?
  • What do you attribute your success to?
  • There’s often the observation in the world of sport, especially tennis, that parents are a bit too pushy. Is it really tough out there?
  • Where should parents of young athletes draw a line?
  • Will you compete at the 2020 Olympics?
  • Will it be difficult coming back to tennis after pregnancy?
  • Do you see anyone on the domestic circuit who can take over your mantle?
  • What’s your greatest sports moment?
  • What is your most painful moment in sports?
  • What are you pre match feelings?
  • Who’s the toughest competitor you’ve come across?
  • Who’s your favourite player to watch?
  • When did you feel at your best on the court?
  • What’s the biggest life lesson that you’ve learnt from your parents?
  • Do you think in today’s world a mother’s and father’s roles are clearly divided?
  • Do you think a change in rules is long overdue for women tennis players given how Serena Williams talked about the aggressiveness of the rules because she was unseeded during her maternity?
  • How does motherhood change a person?
  • Is there a lingering regret of not playing singles as long as you’d have liked to?
  • How did you feel being named in the TIME 100 most influential list in 2016?
  • How did it feel holding Izhaan for the first time?
  • After competing every year from 2001 to 2017, what were 2018 and 2019 like? Did it feel weird at first, not doing something you were doing for more than half your career?
  • Did you miss tennis or were you relieved that you finally had the chance to spend time with family?
  • When you made the decision to come back, was it a straightforward one? Like, for example, have there ever been days when you thought, ‘hang on, what if I am not good enough like I was in 2017?'
  • What were the first few weeks like back on court?
  • You have achieved a lot. So when you took the decision to come back, what was the primary motivating factor?
  • A big change from 2017 and now is Izhaan. As a young mother, how different are training and preparation? Elite athletes develop a tunnel vision but is it tough juggling your needs and those of your son?
  • In the past, kids usually meant retirement. In recent times that has changed thanks to the likes of Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva and Serena Williams. Did they inspire you in any way?
  • The Olympics is later this year... are you looking that far ahead or do you want to take it tournament by tournament?
  • What was it like to partner Kichenok at Aus Open ?

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