Sania Mirza Grand Slam Return
The path to the right foot of the tennis world is far from a straight shot but certainly looks like a cross road, where Sania Mirza comes in. The present world number one women’s tennis player has yet to decide whether she will start a Grand Slam season or if she will just concentrate on the domestic circuit for another couple of years.
This is a subject of much interest and debate among tennis fans, especially with a career path that takes her to the peak of the sport. A break away from the show of heavy weights like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, and into some new territory of her own, has always been part of the plan. The player always took the Grand Slam to be the icing on the cake of her career.
The prospect of Sania Mirza being able to turn the world around for the game has prompted many to start speculating about her return to the Grand Slams. It looks unlikely that the seven time Grand Slam champion would return to professional tennis this year, or at least not for at least a few months.
The irony is that Sania Mirza is one of the most successful players in the history of the sport, with an impressive win ratio and record which are unmatched by any other player today. However, she seems to have taken the decision to slow down a little over the last couple of years. Although the list of Grand Slam titles is impressive, her previous successes are not worth the increased effort required to beat players who have not actually reached the level of ability that she does.
In a recent interview Sania Mirza was asked if she planned to return to the world of Grand Slams this year, given the fact that she has now been in the top ten for so long. She said that she hoped to continue being the best tennis player, before turning her attention to the domestic circuit in the next few months.
If she does indeed turn her attention to the next level then she will have become a grand slam singles and doubles champion. That is going to be quite an achievement.
But what about the female players on the tour with whom Sania Mirza will have to contend, especially if they can just pass her? While Serena Williams is still young and to have the top ten win ratio is pretty good, Maria Sharapova is reaching the end of her career and her win ratio is only half that of Serena’s.
It may well be that Sania Mirza can overtake them both over the next couple of years, but it seems doubtful that she would go back to a Grand Slam season. It is still possible that she could surpass Maria Sharapova, but her own chances are slim.
There are few players in the female circuit who have the same ability and pedigree as Sania Mirza. Serena and Maria can certainly improve their situation, but it seems likely that they will move on after a couple of years as players with their own skills and abilities develop.
It may well be that Sania Mirza remains in the game a few more years and will enjoy some sort of resurgence. It is also possible that the eight year gap between her two previous Grand Slam triumphs, when she won the Australian Open and Wimbledon, will be forgotten with time.
Indeed, it is unlikely that Sania Mirza will return to the top of the game this year, unless she is planning to take the whole tennis world by storm again. If she does, then she may just surprise everyone and manage to cement her place at the top of the sport.