Tennis ace Sania Mirza, who will not be participating in the Asian Games 2018 owing to her pregnancy, has said she was “a little sad and feeling nostalgic” with the Games starting on Saturday in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta/Palembang.
Ever since 2006, Sania has won at least a medal in every edition of the Asian Games and it will be for the first time since 2002 that she will not feature in the prestigious quadrennial event.
On Friday, the tennis star, who is currently in the third trimester of her pregnancy with her husband and Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, posted an image on Twitter of her posing with her Asian Games medals and said: “It was 2002 when I was selected to play for the Asian Games for the very first time.. it will be the first time since then that I will not be competing at an Asian Games representing my country! With the Games starting tomm I have to say I am a little sad and feeling nostalgic. I saw the pics of the 8 medals I’ve been able to win and I smiled instantly as I am at home for probably the biggest ‘MATCH’ of my life and not with you guys, here’s wishing all the athletes,specially the tennis team all the best for the games from tomm!! (sic)”
Earlier in the year, Sania had stated that she is looking to participate in the 18th edition of the Asian Games if she recovers from an injury she sustained in October 2017.
The 31-year-old has won seven medals at the Asian Games, including two golds which she won in 2006 in Doha and 2015 in Incheon. Her last Asiad appearance in South Korea in 2014 resulted in a gold in the mixed doubles and bronze in the doubles event.
Sania made waves in 2005 as the first Indian to win a WTA singles title. She reached the fourth round of the US Open in the same year, and by 2007 was among the best 30 women’s players in the world.