Tennis champion Sania Mirza and her cricketer husband Shoaib Malik on Monday posted a similar message on their respective Instagram accounts suggesting the addition of a new member to their family. Sania wrote "#BabyMirzaMalik " on her account while husband Shoaib wrote "#MirzaMalik". After their posts went viral, friends and fans alike began congratulating the couple.
Earlier last month, Sania and Shoaib said they wanted a daughter but whenever they decide to start a family, Sania would want her child's surname to be 'Mirza Malik'. The posts they shared on Monday add credence to this fact as both of them wrote 'MirzaMalik' on their accounts.
The three-time Grand Slam doubles winner had said earlier this month that any child she had would bear the Mirza-Malik surname and that Shoaib wanted a daughter. The 31-year-old has been sidelined since October with a knee injury. She has slipped from number one in the world doubles ranking -- the first for an Indian woman -- to 24.
Mirza has won at least one medal at every Asian Games since 2006 and expressed hope in January of competing in this year's event in Indonesia.
Mirza in 2005 became the first Indian to win a WTA tournament singles title. She reached the fourth round of the US Open in the same year, and by 2007 was among the women's top 30.
But a wrist injury ended her singles dream and she focused on doubles tennis. A partnership with Swiss great Martina Hingis produced three Grand Slam titles.
(With AFP Inputs)