MIA KHAILIFA has no trouble with her dad’s comments that her mother is the reason she has made it as an athlete.
“My mom is the one who taught me the art of sport,” Khalifa told reporters at the Australian Open in Sydney on Wednesday.
“It was not her fault she got to be the best athlete.
She made it possible for me to achieve everything.”
The Australian Open is one of the most watched tennis tournaments in the world, with millions watching live on television.
Khalifa, who made her debut at the age of 10, is not the only young Australian to be in the spotlight this year, with Australian players Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova also making their Australian Open debuts.
In her first major tournament in Australia, Williams won the women’s doubles final against Navrati in a tight, 2-2 tie in Melbourne.
The 28-year-old will play in the third round on Friday, while Navratia will play against Australia’s second-seeded Ana Ivanovic in the first round.