Sania Mirza plots comeback for 2020 after two-year hiatus

Sania Mirza plots comeback for 2020 after two-year hiatus

The former doubles world No. 1 was initially sidelined with an injury and then welcomed a son in October 2018.

Sania Mirza has announced she plans to return to the tour next season. The former doubles No. 1 has not played for more than two years, having last competed in Beijing in October 2017.

She was initially sidelined with an injury and then had her first child—a son, Izhaan, in October 2018 with husband Shoaib Malik. Motherhood has been an adjustment, but she has returned to training.

"Your routine and sleep pattern changes," she told Indian press. "My body is where it used to be before I had the baby."


Mirza, left, hasn't competed in over two years. (Getty Images)

Though she acknowledged that traveling with a baby would be a ''balancing act," Mirza now wants to compete again.

"I still have some competitive tennis left in me," she said. 

The Indian wants to have begun her comeback in Hobart and then plans to play doubles and mixed doubles at the Australian Open. She will have plenty of company as a playing mother, including Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Mandy Minella.

The 33-year-old is eligible for a protected ranking as she starts playing again.