“Whenever we have a child, the child will have Mirza Malik as a surname and not just Malik,” Sania earlier said in a statement.

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik are expecting their first child, due in the month of October this year. The couple had celebrated their eighth marriage anniversary a few days back on April 12.

Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik, broke the news on social media with an image of a baby vest and a feeding bottle between two T-shirts bearing her and Malik’s names.The pair took to their respective social media accounts and posted an illustration of a locker room, stating their surnames.

“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 said during a panel discussion titled ‘Gender Bias’ at the Goa Fest 2018.

Shoaib expressed his joy in press release, “We are obviously very excited to enter this new phase of our lives. We have been thinking about it for a while and look forward to our journey as parents.”

Sania added, “We are soon to become parents. Having thought about it for a while, we both felt right now is the correct time to start a family.”