Eight titles. Australian Open women’s doubles crown. Year-end number one ranking for the second consecutive year. 2016 was an extremely successful year for Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, but it was marred with the disappointment of narrowly missing out on an Olympic medal and her split from long-time partner Martina Hingis.
Mirza had paired up with the Swiss Miss at Indian Wells in 2015, and they won three Grand Slam titles together, including the one at Melbourne this year. Together, they went on a 41-winning match streak, the longest in women’s doubles since 1990. However, they called it quits in August this year and since then, there has been a lot of speculation about their split. Firstpost caught up with the World No 1 in Mumbai at the launch of season three of The Label Bazaar, an exhibition helmed by her sister Anam Mirza.
Opening up about the split, Mirza asserted that the only reason behind their decision was the lack of results. “It was an extremely professional decision. (Doubles) partnerships are like relationships. They work, and then they don’t work. And then you move on. It’s always tricky when you split with someone you have had so much success with. But, it’s really not that big a deal as people made it out to be. It’s not that tragic. This is a professional tour. Everybody wants to win. It’s sad to finish a partnership of any kind in anything in life. But you have to accept it. She’s happy in the space with whom she’s playing with now. And obviously I am, which is why I have had success already,” she said at the promotional event.