India’s ace tennis player – Sania Mirza is leaving no stone unturned to return to the tennis court by year-end following the birth of her baby. In October, last year Sania and Pakistan veteran cricketer Shoaib Malik became the proud parents of a baby boy – Izhaan Mirza Malik. Post her delivery, Sania wants to return to the game as soon as possible and for that she started training rigorously. The 32-year-old had last played at the China Open in October 2017 where she suffered a knee injury and was out of competition in the early part of last year.

In her latest Instagram post, the Mumbai-born Mirza posed in front of a wall which had a motivating message written on it – ‘The only way to finish is to start’. She captioned the post, “Midweek motivation be like”. Sania had earlier mentioned that she looks up to German legend Steffi Graf, a winner of 22 Grand Slam titles, in terms of inspiration. Graf is an all-time legend of the game, she achieved a lot even after marriage and having a kid.

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“Steffi Graf is someone I look up to. I am still star struck whenever I see her. She is a great example because people say a woman cannot have to it all, but she had it all,” he said.

“She is the greatest player. She married and had kids and achieved many things in life despite it.”

Talking about favourite player, Sania said, “I will go with John McEnroe because he had personality. I don’t smash rackets, but it is fun to watch others do that.” She also said she had the backing of parents and Mahesh Bhupathi in her initial stages of her career.

Known to wear her heart on her sleeve, Sania has been in the news lately for her comments condemning the terrorist attack that took place in Pulwama. She posted a hard-hitting message on her official social media handle just a couple of days after the attack. While labelling the bomb blast that took lives of 40 CRPF jawans as ‘black day for India’, Sania also expressed her frustration over the need for celebrities to condemn an act of terrorism publicly on social media.