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Updated: May 21, 2010 02:13 IST

Sania, Shoaib hunt for house in Dubai

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Tennis star Sania Mirza with her husband Shoaib Malik during her practice in Hyderabad. File Photo: AP
AP Tennis star Sania Mirza with her husband Shoaib Malik during her practice in Hyderabad. File Photo: AP

Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza have been house-hunting in Dubai in the last few days before their scheduled departure for their assignments.

Mirza also said her training is going on as planned and that her wrist is not hurting any more.

“I have always liked Dubai. It’s like a home away from home for me. Right now we are looking at some houses before both of us leave for England for our respective assignments,” Mirza told Gulf News.

Mirza said the decision to settle in Dubai was more for the convenience of both rather than just trying to get away from the media glare.

“If you had asked me five years ago if I wanted to settle in Dubai, then I wouldn’t have given it a thought.

But life takes its turns and we have come up with a decision that’s going to benefit both of us,” she told the newspaper.

“There are so many Indian and Pakistan expats here that you don’t feel you are staying from home.

This apart, it will be much easier for me to travel on the Tour with so many direct flights from here than from Hyderabad,” she added.

Sania plays at a tournament in Birmingham followed by Wimbledon. On wedding and tennis, she said: “You will be surprised to know how many mothers play tennis and most people don’t even know about it.”

Sania said she is hoping she will be fit for Commonwealth Games [in October] and then the Asian Games.

“It will be my third Asian Games, and everytime I have played there I have won a medal. I hope to do an encore,” she was quoted as saying.


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