New Delhi: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, who recently won her maiden Wimbledon title with Switzerland's Martina Hingis has said that she didn't need to win a title at tennis' most prestigious Grand Slam to silence her critics.
In an exclusive chat with Zee Media editor Sudhir Chaudhary, Sania, who was the third Indian to win a Wimbledon trophy this year, along with Leander Paes and Sumit Nagal, shared her experiences on winning the title and the way she is welcomed by Pakistani fans.
Excerpts from the interview:
What are your thoughts on winning the Wimbledon title?
I am privileged to have done so. It's a dream for any tennis player to win a Wimbledon title and I am very happy about it.
Your critics, several people raised questions on your nationality, your thoughts. By winning the Wimbledon, you have given a perfect answer to all of them.
I don't need to win a Wimbledon to answer my critics. I have been playing for 12 years. I just want to play tennis.
On the previous night of your mixed doubles final, were you a little nervous?
Yes, I was a little nervous but nerves make you play better. The way we won, after trailing 2-5 in the third set, made it all the more special.
You might be the only player whose victory would have given both India and Pakistan a reason to celebrate?
Yes I was delighted the way I received messages and wishes through Facebook and Twitter. I am happy to know that together we can be happy about anything.
The top-seeded Sania-Martina pair claimed a 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 win over Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina on Saturday.
Sania and Hingis trailed 5-2 in the final set before taking the last five games.