Sania undecided on surgery for troublesome bone spur

Saina Mirza, who hasn't played since the China Open, will take a call on surgery after a month.

Sania Mirza pulled the plug on her season after crashing out of China Open.   -  Getty Images

Six-time Grand Slam winner Sania Mirza, who has been forced to take a break from the circuit because of a bone spur on the right knee, said she will take a call on undergoing surgery after a month.

The 30-year-old last played in the China Open partnering Shuai Peng and has been on rest for the last four weeks.

Sania revealed that she has been playing in severe pain for the last one year and was not keen on a surgery straightaway.

“Well, when I saw the doctor, he suggested that I could play as long as I could handle the pain. But, now since it has become increasingly difficult, I decided to take a break and will wait for another four weeks before deciding on the surgery which will be the final option,” Sania said.

In a way, it has been a very disappointing season for Sania who started the year as World No. 1. She has now slumped to No. 9 in the WTA rankings for the simple reason that she has played with eight different partners this season, with some of them backing out on the eve of Majors with injuries.

However, a visibly relaxed Sania, who last had a major break from the sport in 2011 following a surgery, says she is not perturbed. “I remember that was the most difficult phase. I was also forced to give up singles in June 2012 but after focussing on doubles, I went on to win the French Open mixed doubles in June that year itself,” she recalled.

Sania has every reason to believe that she can always make a comeback. She had earlier also defied all odds to become World No. 1 on April 12 in 2015 and stayed at the top for a record 91 consecutive weeks, far more than any other Indian tennis player.  She won the doubles title (in different categories) at the Wimbledon, US Open and the Australian Open along the way.

“I have no regrets. Surely, I will bounce back, it is only a question of time. I don’t want to push things too far. Let’s wait and see,” Sania said.

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