Sania Mirza set to miss next Australian Open due to surgery

MELBOURNE: India's Sania Mirza, plays a backhand shot as she and partner Barbora Strycova play Australia's Samantha Stosur and China's Zhang Shuai in a second round women's doubles match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. AP/PTI(AP1_20_2017_000010B)

Vastavam web: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza is set to miss next month’s Australian Open owing to a knee injury, and could go for a surgery to treat the condition.Sania is suffering from a condition called jumper’s knee in her right leg. It is defined as a painful condition of the knee caused by inflammation or small tears in the tendon of the patella.The 31-year-old, who was in Kolkata for the final of the Premjit Lall Invitational tournament, said she might have to go for a surgery and is looking for a Roger Federer-like comeback.

“I’m okay to walk but it’s painful when I’ve to change directions, when you actually go on to play, that’s the biggest problem. I can run straight but not able to do plyometrics stuff.”My doctors told me to take a couple of months off and then see how it feels before it gets into a process of either surgery or injections. When I saw them, the pain was not less after two months.Asked about Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games next year, she said, “Hopefully I will be okay for that. Every time people ask me about plans and I always say as tennis players we don’t know about our health, we don’t know where we will be at that point. It’s one year, it’s a long time. Anything can happen. Hopefully ill be healthy again and I’ll be able to play.”

“There is no system. I’ve been saying that for last 15 years. I wish them if there was only one problem… But the first step is ‘how do I go about it if I want my child to start playing tennis?’ “We can do our part but that’s not the way to produce champions year after year. That’s why we have one champion in 30 years. There are many issues. We still have to make our own mistakes, learn from it, and in the meantime most of us fizzle out and there are some of us who are fortunate enough to come through despite the system.”It’s the sad part which is why events like this are so important which is why we are here. Even if one child picks up a tennis racket, I would feel we have done justice by coming here.Recalling her first memory of picking a racket at the age of six, she said: “The coach actually did not want to take me and told me I was too ‘small’ to play tennis. My mom had to force him saying take her, I want my child to play.