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Ace tennis player Sania Mirza is these days acing another field and it’s called motherhood. This single-minded, beautiful, successful and powerful lady is reigning on everyone’s heart with her parenthood journey as well. Whether you talk of striking a perfect chord between professional and personal life or being active on social media platforms or being available for other family members, Sania is giving some serious goals to others out there. It was on October 30, 2018, that Sania and her cricketer-husband, Shoaib welcomed their baby boy. (You May Also Like: Jasleen Matharu And Anup Jalota Pose For Happy Selfie After All The Publicity Prank In Bigg Boss)
Sania keeps sharing either a solo picture of her baby boy Izhaan or whilst she is cuddling him in her arms. Introducing “Baby Mirza Malik” as they say, Sania shared a lovely picture of Izhaan with the caption, “Living life in the fast lane can be fun!!! It’s time to say hello to the world #Allhamdulillah”. And lately, on New Year, she shared the following snap and wrote, “This past year I have so much to be thankful for my greatest gift Izhaan Ps- this coming year I don’t wanna sleep like a baby - just want to sleep like @realshoaibmalik”. After that, it is the snapshot of the latest Boomerang video of Sania and Izhaan, atop which, Sania wrote, “Hold my hand forever” and #BossBaby”.
In an interview with Femina, Sania recently got candid about becoming a mother, her pregnancy journey, returning back to the tennis court and much more. Talking about her pregnancy experience, Sania Mirza shared, “The experience was good—it was overwhelming and different. I think, as women, we underestimate our bodies and what they can do, and I had that self-realisation. I feel privileged that I was able to go through it. I had a decently easy pregnancy, if there is such a thing”.
Further, when she was asked, she is a role model for young women for the way she has been prioritising her work, she remarked, “The most important thing I would like to say to girls and women is that you have to choose what you feel is right. There are certain cultural dos and don’ts that we are subjected to as girls while growing up, and even as adults after we have grown up. There is no right or wrong from that perspective, you have to go by what you feel. You have to believe in your dreams and, more importantly, yourself. I was lucky to have a family that backed and supported me in every decision—whether it was playing tennis, getting married, or wanting to have a kid. It was always about when I wanted to do it, and not about what the cultural norm was. I want to tell women that if you really want to do something, and believe in it, then you can have it all; you don’t have to choose”. (Checkout: After Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Sister Rhea Kapoor To Get Married To Boyfriend, Karan Boolani This Year?)
During her baby bump phase in the seventh month, Sania once shared a picture of herself playing tennis in the court. When asked about the same and how she stays fit, Sania remarked, “I played tennis. I did yoga three to four times a week. I walked, almost three to four kilometres a day. I tried to stay as active as possible. That’s the message I wanted to give out as well. It’s important for women to be active during pregnancy, as long as there are no medical complications, or they haven’t been advised against it. It was getting tougher to stay as active late into the pregnancy, but I still tried to walk a few kilometres every day, and practise yoga”.
How do she and Shoaib handle the pressure of being in a high-profile marriage? The ace tennis player shared, “Shoaib and I are used to handling a lot more pressure on the field and court. Playing and performing for your country puts more pressure on you than just being famous does. Both of us just try to live our lives the way we want, how we think is right. It is not easy to be in the public eye for everything that you do, but we try to keep it as normal as possible. When we are at home, we are like any other couple. I think it helps that we both understand how to deal with such pressures”.
She was further probed to share how she deals with trolls that come her way on social media, Sania Mirza was quoted as saying, “I don’t read my mentions often on social media, but sometimes, I will wake up on the wrong side of the bed and take on one or two of them, simply because I think some people need to be told off. Trolls are frustrated individuals who harbour hatred for people they have never met. Hating someone for no reason just makes them feel better about their lives. Unfortunately, everybody is trolled, and if you are a celebrity you just have to ignore it. I experienced fame at a young age, so thankfully, I have become thick-skinned over the years. It doesn’t affect me at all; otherwise, I would not have been on social media”. (Also Read: 'Comedy Circus' Host Purbi Joshi Talks About Embracing Motherhood, Says It's Her Biggest Achievement)
Not just this, she also talked about if her parents ever have to face obstacles for encouraging her to follow the career. Sania went on to say, “Initially, I think, they did. I don’t know whether pressure is the right word to describe what they faced for their daughter playing tennis, despite being from a small town like Hyderabad at that time, 25 years ago. There were a lot of naysayers, but they actually further strengthened our belief in our dream. There were jokes going around about who I thought I was and who I thought I was going to be, and did I think I was going to play Wimbledon, among other things, but not only did I play Wimbledon, I won it! My family and I didn’t care about what others were saying as long as we thought we were moving in the right direction. I feel extremely blessed to have my parents with me in every decision of my life”.
Here's wishing Sania Mirza an ocean full of love and happiness!
With six Grand Slam titles in her kitty, Sania Mirza has created her own niche in the sports world and there is no doubt about that. The ace Indian tennis player got married to another talented sports star, Pakistan cricket team captain, Shoaib Malik. April 12, 2010, was the dayRead More