New Delhi: India tennis ace Sania Mirza has been out of action since October 2017 due to a knee injury, and the former world no 1 women's doubles player is likely to miss another couple months at least due to rehabilitation. Sania is currently suffering from a condition called jumpers knee, that aggravated during the 2017 season.
The 31-year-old has maintained that she is not sure as to how much time she will take to be 100%, and is not setting any comeback date for herself as yet. French Open, which is due to start on May 27, is not on her mind right now.
"I am still recovering from my knee injury, and it's going to take a couple of more months. Even after the surgery there is no guarantee that I'm going to get better in time. I have got a jumpers knee and have been playing with that condition for a couple of years now. The injury was aggravated last year, and I could not take the pain anymore. But having said that it is getting better. The recovery is not very fast, and I'll have to go through a proper rehab, that will take time. I would like to be ready for the next grand slam. We still have time left for that, but I am not sure," Sania said at a tennis academy launch in Supertech Sports Village.
Sania, after a brilliant 2016, where she won Australian Open with Martina Hingis, had a relatively quiet last year, where she just had an Australian Open mixed doubles finals appearance. She and Ivan Dodig lost the match to Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal. But she is not really concerned about the fewer returns, as she was happy to maintain her top-10 rankings.
"As athletes we are always greedy. When I win 10, I want to win 11, and want to go just one step further every time. That's just the way it goes for every sports person. So it was decent year for me in 2017, as I finished top-10 in the world. It could have been better for sure. But I'm happy with the way things panned out for me."
Having not stayed out of the game for so long after turning a pro in 2003, Sania is not worried about the time lost due to the injury. In fact for her it is an opportunity for her to spend some time with her family.
"During the break from tennis, I have been spending time with my family, and giving time for rehab. I have other work commitments too, that need to taken care of. Also I have take care of my knee really well, as I can't do much jumps, and have to go slow with the rehab. When you get a break like this you just have to make the most of it. Tennis has been very demanding and I have been on circuit since 2003. So I'm trying to bring out the positives from the break i'm getting. So this break is not going to make a difference in the long run."
With the Fed Cup starting on February 7, Sania is set to miss the coveted tournament, and young guns like Karman Kaur Thandi, Ankita Raina, Pranjala Yadlapalli and Prathana Thombare will have to step up their game in her absence. To this Saina said that, "Fed Cup is going to be a great experience for our youngsters. I was lucky to have played it for so many years, but I can't be there forever. The girls need to step up. With teams like China present, it is going to be tough for the girls. But they will learn a lot," she concluded.