Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza set an example with her emphatic return at the WTA Hobart International 2020 earlier in January. It was her first tournament since embracing motherhood and giving birth to baby boy Izhaan.
Along with her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok, Sania clinched the doubles title after nearly a two-year break from the sport. Her victory was the evidence of her hardship to be back and begin her second innings right from the point where she left before.
The winner of six grand slam titles and Padma Bhushan recipient, recently watched ‘Being Serena’ on Discovery Plus and couldn’t resist herself from relating to American Tennis icon Serena Williams. The documentary happens to be an eloquent tale of the very best in women’s tennis overcoming all hurdles to make a comeback to supremacy on the court while trying to strike a balance with her role as a mother.
Sania, who has had a similar journey over the past two years and has seen Serena from the close quarters, went on to pen an open letter to share her own emotions of motherhood and what it takes to defy all odds and make a comeback to the sport they both love. She also dedicated the letter to all ‘Mothers’ who are faced with similar dilemmas in their everyday life.
In the open letter – “An Ode to All Mothers”, Sania said, “Pregnancy and having a baby made me a better person.”
“Pregnancy is something that I had experienced for the first time in my life. I thought about it and I think we all have a certain picture about it but once you experience it, you really understand what it means. It absolutely changes you as a human being.”
Later came the part to overcome the physical obstacles and get back to her earlier self to make a comeback to the court.
Mirza said, “Getting back to shape and form after pregnancy can be a challenge and I can relate to Serena and every other woman on that. I think it’s normal for everyone because you don’t know how your body is going to react post-pregnancy and during pregnancy.”
Lastly, the Indian tennis star while depicting her transformation journey and the sheer joy of being on the court said, “Having put-on around 23kgs during my pregnancy, I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get back to being fit and playing tennis again. However, I lost around 26 kilos with a lot of workout regimes and very strict diets and came back to tennis because that’s what I know, love and do. Finally, when I won at Hobart after coming back, it was pretty amazing. I was honestly very proud of myself to have been able to put myself to compete at the highest level again and I think that’s where I was mentally.”