Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has over the years dealt with the best of opponents on courts and bested them. Today, she chose a TV studio to belabour anchor Rajdeep Sardesai when he deviated from the conversation, about her recently launched autobiography ‘Ace Against Odds’, and gave it a sexist tinge. Unwilling to be so bracketed by anyone and that too on a public platform Sania hit back and left Sardesai speechless.
When Sardesai broached the subject of motherhood, reitrement and even (gasp!) ‘settling down’ a clearly fuming Sania ticked off Sardeasai without holding back her punches (a tennis equivalent for the phrase would be an ‘ace’, but that clearly is not fitting the issue). Clearly flummoxed, Sardesai was forced into a U-turn and had to admit he had gone too far. Check out the conversation blow-by-blow:
Rajdeep Sardesai: When is Sania Mirza going to settle down? Dubai? or some other country? What about motherhood… or building a family…. It looks like you don’t want to settle down.
A stiff Sania Mirza replied: You don’t think I’m settled?
Sardesai: You don’t talk about raising a family, about motherhood, life beyond tennis…
Mirza: You sound disappointed that I’m not choosing motherhood over being number one in the world. That’s the kind of question I face all the time as a woman. — the first is marriage and then it’s motherhood. Unfortunately, no matter how many Wimbledons we win or number ones in the world we become, we don’t become settled. But eventually it will happen, not right now. And when it does happen I’ll be the first one to tell everybody when I plan to do that.
A suitably chastised Sardesai beat a hasty retreat: I must apologise, I framed that question badly. I would never ask this question of a male athlete….
Not willing to let go of the slight, Sania ended the conversation by saying: (Hope) no girl is asked at the age of 29 when she is going to have a child when she is number one in the world. That’s not settling in.
The conversation on the subject concluded with Sardesai offering an apology again.