Sania Mirza’s comeback to the tennis circuit after two long years has taken a hit with an injury forcing her to pull out of the mixed doubles draw of the ongoing Australian Open.
Sania had announced she would be playing the Aus Open with Rohan Bopanna after her partner Rajeev Ram had been forced to withdraw due to an injury as well.
Sania is suffering from a calf strain but will however compete in the women's doubles event.
Sania and Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine had on Saturday won the Hobart International, with the new mother playing her first tournament since the birth of her son Izhaan in 2018.
The duo will now face the Chinese pair of Xinyun Han and Lin Zhu in their women's doubles first round clash.
"It's unfortunate that this niggling injury got aggravated in the Hobart final just as I was getting to the top of my game. It is a lot better now and I intend to give it my best shot in doubles. It's disappointing to miss out on the chance to partner Rohan in mixed," Mirza was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
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