Injury forces Mirza out of Australia spectacle
Sania Mirza has confirmed a serious knee injury has forced her to withdraw from the Australian Open in January.
Indian star Mirza is currently hampered by a problem called jumpers knee in her right leg, a condition that causes inflammation or small tears in the tendon of the patella.
The 31-year-old, who is a three-time Grand Slam doubles champion, has now confirmed she will be absent from the event Down Under whilst also revealing surgery will most likely be needed to fix the issue.
"It's kind of serious. Surgery is probably on the cards," she said. "I will be out for a few months for sure. I'm okay to walk but it's painful when I've to change direction. When you actually go on to play, that's the biggest problem. I can run straight but not able to do plyometrics stuff.
"My doctors told me to take a couple of months off and then see how it feels before it gets into a process of either surgery or injections. When I saw them, the pain was not less after two months.
"Now we have to take a call. It's a little bit up in the air, I can't tell you a definitive next. So I will be missing the Australian Open for sure. It won't be before a couple of months at least."
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