Priyanka Chopra, Kajol, and Abhishek Bachchan praised tennis ‘legend’ Sania Mirza after she announced her final Grand Slam on Friday at Melbourne Park. Sania and Rohan Bopanna finished second in the Australian Open mixed doubles final to Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos of Brazil.
Priyanka Chopra shared a video of Sania with her son Izhaan Mirza Malik on her Instagram Stories. “Legend @mirzasaniar (folded hands, red heart, and eyes with tears emojis),” she wrote.
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Kajol shared a video of a tearful Sania after her final Grand Slam match. “You have always made India and women everywhere look up to you.. and you will always (red heart and national flag emojis) @MirzaSania,” she captioned the post. Sania stated in the video, “I’m still going to play in a few tournaments. My professional career journey began in Melbourne.”
“It all started in Melbourne in 2005, when I was 18 years old and faced Serena Williams in the third round. That was frightening enough 18 years ago. I’ve had the honour of returning here time and time again to win tournaments and compete in great finals… I couldn’t think of a better venue to cap off my Grand Slam career “In the post-match interview, an emotional Sania said.
Abhishek Bachchan shared a photo of Sania, on Twitter, holding the National Flag and smiling. He captioned the post, “To a glorious career, @MirzaSania! You’ve always made India proud & been an inspiration for many of us. Best wishes for a fun-filled & relaxing retirement. You’ll be missed, but never forgotten.”
At the Australian Open, Sania won two Grand Slam tournaments. She won the Australian Open women’s doubles title in 2016 with Martina Hingis and the Australian Open mixed doubles title in 2009 with Mahesh Bhupathi. Sania and Rohan Bopanna were defeated 7(7)-6(2), 6-2 by Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos in their final Grand Slam match on Friday.
Priyanka has several projects in the pipeline. She will be seen in Love Again, and the series Citadel. Love Again will release in the US on February 10. Citadel is a science fiction drama created by Russo brothers. Priyanka is expected to start shooting for Farhan Akhtar’s directorial Jee Le Zaraa this year. The film will also star Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif in lead roles.
Kajol was most recently seen in Revathy’s Salaam Venky. The film is scheduled to be released on December 9, 2022. In addition, she will appear in the upcoming web series The Good Wife. Supan Verma directed the film, which will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.
Abhishek was most recently seen in Dasvi, a Netflix original film. Nimrat Kaur and Yami Gautam also appeared in the film. Abhishek will next be seen in Bholaa, directed by Ajay Devgan and starring Ajay Devgan.