Mumbai, Dec. 30 -- By her own admission, Sania Mirza hasn't watched a lot of tennis over the last couple of years. For the few times that she did, she would invariably be reminded of how much she missed being on court. "It would irritate me a little bit," Mirza says.

One of India's most decorated sportspersons had to press the pause button on her tennis career after the 2017 WTA China Open in October. At that point, it was due to a knee injury. However, the forced time off coincided with Mirza and her husband, Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, being blessed with baby boy Izhaan exactly a year later.

Now, more than two years since she last stepped on court as a professional tennis player, the six-time Grand Slam champion and former world No...