Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, appearing on CNBC 's new show Kiska Brand Bajega , let in on the appalling playing conditions during the early days of her career.
"We used to play on courts made out of cow dung," she said, adding that she used to take tetanus injections to avoid any reactions due to falling on these courts.
She also spoke of the lack of inspiring women in sport in her early days. P. T. Usha was the only famous sportswoman she knew back then. Things have improved since then, with India having women champions like P. V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Geeta Poghat and others. There has been an increased media coverage too, helping their names reach every household.
During the just concluded cricket World Cup, the 32-year-old was very vocal of "cringeworthy advertisements" aired both in India and Pakistan. Defending her vocal nature, she said, "I don’t know how to be diplomatic; I really say what I feel."
Owing to her marriage to ex-Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, she has found herself at the centre of discussions every time India plays Pakistan. But she said she did not worry about what her fans or the brands she endorses make of her marriage as she believes that love transcends boundaries.
Biopic coming soon
With rumours of a Mirza biopic doing the rounds, she confirmed that she has signed with Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP production house to produce one.
She, however, did not say who will play her in the movie, though she did drop the names of Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone.
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