Shoaib Malik shared a touching message for his wife, Sania Mirza, who competed in her final Grand Slam at the Australian Open.
The 36-year-old, who won her first Grand Slam 18 years ago at the Australian Open, competed in her final Grand Slam event at the same venue yesterday.
As fans expressed their admiration and respect for Mirza, her husband declared her a role model for all women in sports on Twitter.
The all-rounder congratulated her on her incredible career in a Tweet message, writing, “You are the much-needed hope for all the women in sports.”
– You are the much needed hope for all the women in sports. Super proud of you for all you have achieved in your career. You’re an inspiration for many, keep going strong. Many congratulations on an unbelievable career… pic.twitter.com/N6ziDeUGmV
— Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) January 27, 2023
After her final Grand Slam match, Mirza gave a tearful farewell speech, saying, “I just want to start with that if I cry, these are happy tears and not sad tears.”
Sania thanked her fans and supporters and announced that, while she would compete in a few more tournaments, she would be retiring from professional tennis.
Between 2009 and 2016, Mirza won six Grand Slam doubles titles, three in women’s doubles and three in mixed doubles. She was ranked No. 1 in the world in women’s doubles in 2015.