Tennis-India's Mirza ends season early to prepare for next year

MUMBAI Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:12am BST

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MUMBAI Oct 20 (Reuters) - India's Sania Mirza has opted to end her season early to recover from injury and prepare for next year.

"It's been a long and hard year for me where I had to make comebacks from two serious injuries and surgery," Mirza told the Times of India newspaper on Saturday.

"I am mentally tired and my body is crying out for a break. I am looking forward to a rest and then a great season next year."

The 20-year-old had planned to end her season after playing in Austria and Canada in the coming weeks but a strained abductor muscle picked up in her first round loss at the Zurich Open on Monday has forced the world number 30 to revise her plans.

The Indian number one underwent surgery in March after suffering a ligament injury in her right knee at the Qatar Open.

She suffered a wrist injury after the U.S. Open, where she reached the third round, and missed her home WTA event last month.

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