India’s Sania Mirza on Tuesday announced that she would not be competing at the US Open following a lower arm and elbow injury. She also stated that she picked up the injury at the Canadian Open but has now realized the extent of the injury.
The 35-year-old had recently declared her retirement plans at the Australian Open in January. Mirza had said she would hang up her racquet towards the end of the 2022 season as her body is “wearing out” and the inspiration and energy for the grind were not equivalent any longer.
The US Open was going to be Mirza’s last Grand Slam but as the ace tennis player is injured, she is expected to tweak her retirement plans.
“Hi guys, a quick update. I just have some not so great news. I hurt my forearm/elbow while playing in Canada two weeks ago and obviously didn’t realise how bad it was until got my scans yesterday and in fact I have torned a little bit of my tendon. I will be out for weeks and have pulled out of the US Open,” Mirza wrote in her Instagram story.
She further added, “this isn’t ideal and is terrible timing and it will change some of my retirement but I will keep you all posted.”
Sania Mirza is a former world number one in women’s doubles and has won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open once each in the women’s doubles event. Also, she has won the Australian Open, the French Open, and the US Open once each in the mixed doubles event. The veteran tennis player was also a semi-finalist in mixed doubles at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Mirza recently competed in the women’s doubles of the Cinncinati Open, where she paired with Czech tennis player Lucie Hradecká. The campaign of the duo ended in the round of 16. Earlier this year, the six-time Grand Slam doubles champion put on a great show at Wimbledon 2022. She, pairing with Croatian star Mate Pavić, reached the semi-finals of the mixed-doubles event.
The 2022 US Open will begin on August 29 and will end on September 11.