Indian tennis star Sania Mirza stated in an interview that she would want a daughter whenever she decides to start a family, adding that her child’s surname would be Mirza Malik.
Talking in a panel discussion, she said, “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 discrimination, where she has heard some of her relatives telling her parents that they should have had a son so that the family name continues.
“We are two sisters and have never wished that we had a brother. I have had fights with my uncles and aunts, who talk about it or come up and tell my parents that they should have had a son. For us, daughters are daughters and there was nothing like wanting a son to carry the family name forward,” the 31-year-old said.
“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,” she said.
Shoaib Malik’s wife spoke about her personal life with starlet Neha Dhupia on her chat show No Filter Neha. When asked about the love advice she would give herself, Sania said: “I need to be less possessive. I’m not insecure, I’m possessive.”
She further added, “There is a big difference, I think. I just am and I would love to be a little bit less. What I would like to do more communicate our problems or issues, if there are any, a little bit better.”