Web-Desk (April 10, 2018): Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has vowed to add surname Mirza Malik to her children’s name, when she and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik decide to start a family.
The Indian media reports that, Sania and her cricketer husband Shoaib Malik want a daughter but whenever they decide to start a family, Sania Mirza would want her child’s surname to be ‘Mirza Malik’.During a panel discussion on ‘Gender Bias’ at the ‘Goa Fest 2018’ the tennis star said that, “Today I will tell you a secret. My husband and I have spoken about it and we have decided that whenever we have a child, the child will have Mirza Malik as a surname and not just Malik. So that’s where we stand as a family including my husband. He actually wants a daughter.”
Sania spoke about her personal experiences of gender bias, where she has heard some of her relatives telling her parents that they should have had a son so that the family name “goes ahead”.“I have not changed my surname (post marriage) and my name is still Sania Mirza and it will remain that way. The family name is going to go forward,” the 31-year-old from Hyderabad said.
The indian star who hails from Hyderabad married Shoaib Malik in 2010 said that pay disparity between men and women players exists in sports and a way out of it is to change the mindsets of people towards women players.