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Iconic tennis player, Sania Mirza ended her astonishing career with a farewell match in Hyderabad’s Lal Bahadur Tennis Stadium. It was on March 5, 2023, when she hung her tennis racquet professionally after a final match. It was the same place where she had kick-started her journey as a tennis player 17 years ago. The pictures of the retirement match are all over the internet as it was attended by so many celebrities, who wanted to see Sania play one last time before she puts her professional tennis journey to a fitting end.
After playing her final match with the likes of Ivan Dodig, Rohan Bopanna, Cara Black, Marion Bartoli and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, she hosted a grand retirement party at night for her friends and loved ones. At the party, we have seen many renowned celebrities from different fields. From sports personalities like Sania Nehwal, Yuvraj Singh, and Irfan Pathan to celebrities like Farah Khan, Huma Qureshi, Mahesh Babu, Namrata Shirodkar, AR Rahman, and many others were seen enjoying the party.
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Sania Mirza’s retirement bash was filled with so many renowned celebrities, but once again, it was the lovely couple, Mahesh Babu and Namrata Shirodkar, who stole the limelight. The much-in-love couple twinned in black, leaving everyone in awe of their fashion quotient and twinning game. While Mahesh donned a black sweatshirt with a pair of khaki pants, it was his wife, Namrata, who looked ravishing in a black outfit. Several pictures of the couple from Sania’s retirement party have made their way on social media, leaving their loved ones mesmerised by their chemistry.
Apart from Mahesh Babu and Namrata Shirodkar’s twinning game at the party, it was the South Indian superstar’s selfie with legendary music composer, AR Rahman, which was one of the event’s major highlights. On March 5, 2023, AR Rahman took to his Instagram handle and posted a picture in which he can be seen posing for a selfie with Mahesh Babu. The picture is getting hailed on the internet with the caption ‘too much talent and class’. As soon as AR Rahman posted this picture, Mahesh Babu shared it on his IG stories and penned a cute note atop it, which can be read as:
"Clicked by the legend himself!! Always a pleasure meeting you sir @arrahman!"
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It was an emotional day for Sania Mirza as playing her final match in Hyderabad was nothing less than a trip down into the nostalgia of the time when she used to dream about winning a Grand Slam. Well, the iconic tennis star is retiring with many awards, trophies, records, and medals. Sania has most notably won six Grand Slams, reaching the No.1 ranking in both singles and doubles, winning two Olympic medals, and the list goes on. There’s no denying that she will continue to inspire generations with how she lived and played tennis throughout her illustrious career.
We wish Sania Mirza a happy retirement!
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