Australian Open: Sania does Sania things, now one win away from title on Grand Slam swansong
Sania Mirza had announced her retirement at last year's Australian Open; the 2022 season was to be her farewell. Had things gone to plan, she would have been watching this Australian Open from the sidelines.
Instead, she will be fighting for the trophy in the mixed doubles final on Friday. Her last few weeks in the sport will see her in a Grand Slam final - 18 years after she first made her Major debut at this same tournament - after she and Rohan Bopanna put together a fairytale run in Melbourne.
Sania, as she has at every difficult moment in her life and career, wants to do things her way.
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When a painful elbow injury forced her to call off her season early in August last year, she decided to postpone her retirement so she could bow out on her own terms, not off the court.
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