LONDON, England - 2016 WTA Year-End Doubles World No.1 Sania Mirza has revealed that she is planning to pair up with Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens at Wimbledon this year.
She had been intending to play with Yaroslova Shvedova, but the Kazakhstan star was this week ruled out of action due to an ankle injury.
"Of course, it is disappointing to lose a regular doubles partner just three days before the entry deadline of a major but there is not much that can be done about it," Mirza told ESPN.
"Flipkens is ranked 48th in the world and we will certainly not be seeded very high at Wimbledon. Tennis for me is all about giving it my best shot and we will try to defy odds and give a good account of ourselves at Eastbourne (if we can still find a way to get into the draw at this late stage) and at Wimbledon."
Mirza is currently partnering CoCo Vandeweghe at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, where they are set to play either Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova or Jacqueline Cako and Aleksandrina Naydenova in the quarterfinals.