May 29, 2009 / 8:44 AM / 10 years ago

Brief-Tennis-India's Mirza finds her love match

NEW DELHI, May 29 (Reuters) - Leading Indian player Sania Mirza has become engaged to a business scholar from her hometown of Hyderabad but has no plans to retire from competitive tennis, domestic media reported on Friday.

The 22-year-old Mirza is a youth icon in a nation starved for sporting success after she became the first Indian to win a WTA tour title and break into the world’s top 50 in 2005 but has struggled to live up to early expectations.

The pair were unlikely to tie the knot in the near future, however, as her 23-year-old fiance Sohrab Mirza planned to pursue higher studies, reports quoted family members as saying.

Mirza has been plagued by injuries over the last two seasons but has continued playing despite being frustrated by a series of court petitions attributed mostly to people trying to grab media attention.

She also had to fend off the ire of Muslim clerics opposed to her playing in normal tennis attire. (Reporting by N.Ananthanarayanan; Editing by John O’Brien; To query or comment on this story email

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