Tennis: Sania Mirza gives birth to baby boy, husband Shoaib Malik 'over the moon'

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and her Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik enjoy a high profile owing to their successful sports careers and their unusual marriage spanning the border of India and Pakistan.
Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and her Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik enjoy a high profile owing to their successful sports careers and their unusual marriage spanning the border of India and Pakistan.PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian tennis player Sania Mirza has given birth to a baby boy, her Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik said on Tuesday (Oct 30), prompting a flood of congratulatory messages on social media.

"Excited to announce: It's a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled. #BabyMirzaMalik," Malik tweeted.

Mirza and Malik enjoy a high profile owing to their successful sports careers and their unusual marriage spanning the border of nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.

"It's a boyyyy!!!!" Mirza's her younger sister, Anam Mirza, wrote on Instagram.

Malik's manager and agent, Ameem Haq, said the former Pakistan captain was "over the moon" to become a father.

"#BabyMirzaMalik boy is here! Baby and mother are all smiles, the dad is over the moon," Haq tweeted.

Mirza, who is a three-time Grand Slam doubles winner, announced her pregnancy in April, prompting speculation her tennis career was over. She had been sidelined since last October with a knee injury.

The 31-year-old, who became the first Indian to win a WTA tournament singles title in 2005, has said the baby's surname would be Mirza-Malik.

All-rounder Malik, 36, has been Pakistan's key player in the limited-overs format after he retired from Test cricket in 2015.