Sania Mirza plans Oz return in Hobart

After being unsure about returning to the Tour after giving birth to son Izhaan almost exactly a year ago, Indian doubles star Sania Mirza has firmed up her plans to return in Australia in January.

Mirza, who turns 33 on Friday, told ESPN in an interview a month ago that she had dropped 53 pounds in four months.

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She has entered the WTA event in Hobart, the week before the Australian Open, and the Australian Open as well.

Mirza will be able to use a special ranking of No. 9.

Her partner will be … Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine.

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