(MENAFN - VPS Healthcare ) Dubai : After a calf injury cuts short her return to the first grand slam tournament in the Australian Open late in January, ace Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is deemed fit and will be playing in the Dubai Tennis Championship. The 33-year-old tennis icon, back onto the court after a two-year break, had announced her return to the game in style winning the Hobart International early this year.
There was uncertainty looming in the air whether Mirza would be playing the Dubai Open as her calf injury got worse that she had to retire midway through the doubles match in the first round of Australian Open in January.
Clearing the air, Dr. Faisal Hayat Khan, Chief Physiotherapist in Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery in Dubai, said Mirza has completely recovered and she is fit to play the tournament. Dr. Faisal has been treating the tennis star at the hospital.
'She strained her calf muscle during the Hobart final. But it became worse later that she had to exit midway through the match in the Australian Open. We have been doing physiotherapy and muscle strengthening exercises. Sania has resumed practice and she is completely fit now,' Dr. Faisal, who has been treating Sania for about a decade now, said.
Mirza said she is confident now. 'Quitting off a grand slam tournament due to an injury is a sad experience. Especially, when you are back into the game after a long break. But thanks to my physio Dr. Faisal to making me fit for the tournament. I have started practicing and look forward to a great tournament,' she said.
Commenting on calf injuries, Dr. Harold Vanderschmidt, Sports Medicine Specialist in Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, VPS Healthcare said the time for recovery depends on the grade of the injury. 'In case of a grave injury or a partial tear, it would take up to six weeks.'
Dr. Shajir Gaffar, CEO of VPS Healthcare Dubai and Northern Emirates, said we are extremely happy to learn that Sania has recovered and she will be playing the Dubai Open. 'She has been a regular guest at our hospital whenever she required our services. It is a matter of privilege for us. We wish her all the best for the championship,' he said.
Mirza will be pairing up with her French partner Caroline Garcia in the doubles category for their first match on Wednesday.