Sania Mirza: The Queen Of Indian Tennis

Sania Mirza

 

 

The best woman player to have graced the game of tennis in India, Sania Mirza who is today one of the leading women’s double player has a huge list of achievements and awards to her name. With an all-time No.1 ranking in women’s double Mirza created history by becoming the first female player from the country to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. We bring to you some interesting facts about India’s top tennis player that are going to make for an interesting read.

 

    • Idolizing Roger Federer and Steffi Graff, Sania started tennis from the young age of 6 with her father Imran Mirza coaching her.

 

    • She turned professional in 2003 after helping India win a bronze medal in the mixed doubles event of the 2002 Asian Games. In her first event after turning professional she picked up 4 gold medals at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad.

 

    • She won the Wimbledon Junior Championship in 2003 to showcase her mettle at the international stage. She won 10 singles and 13 doubles junior titles in the beginning of her career.

 

    • Became the first Indian woman to win the Woman’s Association Title after her victory in 2004. Was recognized as the Best Newcomer Of The Year in 2005 by WTA.

 

    • Won her first doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi at the Australian open in 2009. Till date, she has bagged 27 WTA and 4 ITF doubles titles along with 1 WTA and 14 ITF singles titles.

 

    • Her success as a doubles players reached an all-time high when she became the No.1 ranked doubles player in the world. She is the first Indian woman to win a Women’s Doubles Grand Slam. She won titles of the 2009 Australian Open, 2012 French Open, and 2014 US Open with Martina Hingis with the duo becoming the No.1 ranked team in the world during which they enjoyed a highly successful campaign.

 

    • Was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2004 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2015.

 

    • She is the brand ambassador for the state of Telangana and is also the first woman to be appointed as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia.

 

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