Sania Mirza’s Wimbledon career comes to an end after a spirited mixed doubles semifinal defeat.

Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza, 35, is the most decorated female tennis player from India. She has won six Grand Slam titles, including three in mixed doubles. Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza, a pioneering tennis player from India, lost in the mixed doubles semifinals of Wimbledon 2022 to the reigning champions Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk. On Wednesday, July 6, at night, sixth-seeded Mirza and her Croatian partner Mate Pavic lost to Skupski of Great Britain and American Krawczyk 6-4, 5-7, 4-6 in two hours and sixteen minutes.

The most successful female tennis player from India, Mirza, 35, has won six Grand Slam titles, including three in mixed doubles. She wanted to play mixed doubles to complete the Career Slam. In 2009, she and Mahesh Bhupathi won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open. In 2012, she and Bruno Soares of Brazil won the title at the French Open.

The first set was controlled by Mirza and Pavic, both multiple Grand Slam champions, with to a powerful serve. As they led 4-2 in the second set, Mirza and Pavic, who are in their final season on the tour, appeared to be winning the match. However, the second-seeded team of Skupski and Krawczyk won five of the next six games to force a tiebreaker.

In the decider, Mirza and Pavic broke their opponent’s serve early, but they were soon broken back. In the 12th game, Pavic committed two double faults, and Skupski and Krawczyk successfully converted the match point.

Mirza’s performance in the mixed doubles at the All England Club is his best to date. Prior to this, she had advanced to the quarterfinals in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Six-time Grand Slam champion Mirza has previously stated that she would hang up her racquet at the end of the 2022 campaign.

With Martina Hingis, the 35-year-old Indian star won the women’s doubles championship at Wimbledon in 2015.

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