Sania Mirza visits SBP
tennis stadium in Lahore,
praises taste of ‘biryani’


LAHORE: India’s tennis star Sania Mirza visited Sports Board Punjab’s tennis stadium at the Nishtar Park Sports Complex on Tuesday and played tennis.

The 35-year-old Sania, who is the wife of Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, on the occasion played tennis with Pakistan’s greats Aisam-ul-Haq and Aqeel Khan.

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza practises during her visit to the Nishtar Park Sports Complex on Tuesday. (Courtesy Sports Board Punjab)

Talking to a Sports Board Punjab (SBP) official, Sania appreciated the standard of the facilities available at the tennis stadium.

“The SBP Stadium is equipped with all modern facilities; it will help a lot in producing top-class tennis players in future,” the Mumbai-born Sania, who won the 2015 women’s doubles title at Wimbledon alongside Martina Hingis of Switzerland, said.

Sania, the former top-ranked tennis player of India, reckoned Pakistan had plenty of tennis talent, adding the SBP stadium and academy would play a key role in further promoting the emerging male and female tennis players of the country.

Meanwhile, Sania Mirza remained in the headlines during her trip to Pakistan along with her husband and veteran cricketer, Shoaib Malik.

The power couple attended several events in Karachi and interacted with fans. During one such event, Sania was asked to share her opinion regarding Karachi’s biryani.

Surprising her fans, she said “if you come to Karachi and don’t eat aloo wali biryani then you miss out.”

Cricketer Shoaib Malik (left) and Tennis star Sania Mirza can be seen during an event in Karachi. 

While the fans were ecstatic hearing this, the host further asked her whether she had had biryani during the trip and whether she liked it.

“I am from Hyderabad which is famous for its biryani, so if I am saying [this] biryani is very tasty then it is indeed very tasty,” Sania said.

Earlier, a video surfaced of the couple attending an event in Lahore and interacting with fans at a local mall. The tennis star chanted the famous slogan: “Jinne Lahore nahi wekhiya (those who haven’t seen Lahore).”

In response, the fans completed the slogan saying: “Wo jamia hi nahi (you have not born).”