In a recent development, the confirmation of the divorce between Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and former Pakistani cricket captain Shoaib Malik has caught public attention. This revelation unfolded after Shoaib Malik entered into matrimony with popular Pakistani actress Sana Javed on Saturday, January 20.
Once celebrated as a power couple in the sports world, Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza exchanged vows in April 2010 in Hyderabad, India. The couple, who had been residing in Dubai, are parents to a five-year-old son named Izaan, currently in the care of his mother.
Sania Mirza’s father, Imran, openly acknowledged the separation, revealing that it took place through the process of “khula,” a right granted to Muslim women to unilaterally dissolve their marriages under Sharia law. Imran Mirza stated, “It was a khula,” according to the Republic.
Sania Mirza, recognized as one of India’s most accomplished tennis players, announced her retirement last year, concluding a remarkable 20-year career with 43 WTA Doubles titles and one singles trophy, leaving an indelible mark as a trailblazer for women in sports.
The announcement of the divorce followed a cryptic post by Sania just two days prior. The Instagram story excerpt read, “Divorce is hard,” offering a glimpse into the emotional challenges she had been grappling with.
“Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your hard. Obesity is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard. Being in debt is hard. Being financially disciplined is hard. Choose your hard. Communication is hard. Not communicating is hard. Choose your hard. Life will never be easy. It will always be hard. But we can choose our hard. Pick wisely (sic),” reads the quote that Sania shared on her Instagram stories.
“When something disturbs the peace of your heart, let it go,” is the caption of another post that Sania shared on January 8.