New Delhi: A knee surgery meant that season 2011 ended a bit early for Sania Mirza, but the Indian star says it won't make much of a difference as it happened just at the right moment.
Sania had torn her meniscus during the US Open and underwent a surgery in Hyderabad exactly a week back, to be out of action for five-to-six weeks.
It means that Sania won't be in contention for the WTA season-ending doubles championship, where the top-four teams compete.
Sania and her partner Elena Vesnina were in the running for a spot in the elite event before injury forced Sania out of action, which led to a drop in their ranking.
"I will start practising only after my rehabilitation is over. Right now I am walking pain-free. Doctors have said that it will take around five-to-six weeks to recover fully," Sania said after giving away trophies to the winners of the National championship.
"The season is almost over so it is a nice time to get injured. I will be joined by a trainer from South Africa, and he will be with me for the duration," she added.
Meanwhile, Sania was happy about her husband Shoaib Malik making a comeback to the national side of Pakistan after a long hiatus.
"It is a nice feeling. As a wife, I am definitely happy with Shoaib's comeback to the team. All of us have been supporting him and it is good to see him return to the national team," she said.
Sania is also excited to be at the Buddh International circuit on October 30 when India will host its first-ever Formula One Grand Prix in Greater Noida.
"Definitely looking forward to the inaugural F1. I am fortunate to have been invited for the event and I am looking forward to be there for the event. I have not been to any such event before, it will be a great experience," Sania said.