Former world No. 27 Sania Mirza recently watched Serena Williams' 2018 documentary Being Serena, and afterwards, was moved to write a letter commending the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion and fellow mom. Mirza opened up about being a mother, and how Serena has always been a source of inspiration to dream big.

Serena's documentary unveils her vulnerable side and the challenges she's endured by juggling motherhood and her profession. The five-episode series hit home for Mirza, whose son, Izhaan, is 2.

"To a world that stereotypes women as homemakers it often comes as a surprise if one succeeds in fulfilling her dreams and career with sheer grit and determination," Mirza wrote.


Mirza is by far the most successful Indian women's player to date, having won six Grand Slam titles in doubles and mixed.

After the 2017 season, Mirza took two years off to start a family. She began her comeback on the doubles court in Hobart earlier this year. Worried that she might not be fit enough to compete, she would prove to be more than ready, winning the title with Nadiia Kichenok.

"Finally when I won Hobart after coming back it was pretty amazing," Mirza said. "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."

Mirza believes the key to finding the balance between her pro career and being a mother is all about pouring love into each one equally.

"Serena's efforts to be a perfectionist on and off it as well, motivate us all," Mirza said. "She has taught the world that you can have it all if you work hard and don't give up on your dreams."


Unfortunately, COVID-19 significantly shortened this season's schedule and Mirza only competed in four events this year. She finished 5-3 and last competed in February, when she partnered with Caroline Garcia in Qatar.