Sania Mirza is an Indian tennis player and is among the best doubles tennis players around the world. Mirza is perhaps the world’s most accomplished Indian woman tennis athlete. Mirza came onto the scene as a dazzling teenage tennis player and was the winner of a number of tournaments on tennis on the Indian local circuit prior to making it to the top of the list when she took home the girls’ Doubles title at Wimbledon. Mirza was a winner of a few singles titles in the local circuit. She also did well on her time on the Grand Slam singles circuit but she did not get the kind of results that she’d like to have. An injury to her wrist was an element her career was in an uneasy period, however after her injury she was able to focus on mixed doubles and doubles tournaments , rather than singles events that ultimately helped her win tournaments like the Grand Slam tournaments. She enjoyed a fruitful collaboration along with fellow Indian tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi in mixed doubles, and also with Swiss legendary Martina Hingis at a later date. She is widely regarded as one of the best doubles players of all time and is without doubt one of the best tennis players who have ever played for India.
Childhood and Early Life
Sania Mirza was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra on 15 November 1986 to Imran Mirza and his wife Naseema Mirza. Her father worked in construction while her mother was employed in the printing. She has one younger sister.
The family relocated out of Mumbai to Hyderabad within a short time after the birth of Sania’s mother And it was during her time in Hyderabad where she began to learn tennis with her father at the age of she was just six years old. young. Mirza was a student at the Nasr School in Hyderabad.
The college she attended was St. Mary’s College but her ultimate aim was to be an elite tennis player. towards that end she began participating at tournaments throughout India. The year 2001 was the first time she began playing in ITF tournaments. The following year, she was awarded three titles in order to prove her status as a promising tennis player. In the following year, she was awarded the Bronze Medal in the Busan Asian Games at mixed doubles.
She became a professional in 2003 and began participating in big tournaments. Then, she won the title of Girls’ Doubles during Wimbledon Championships. Wimbledon Championships and the US Open Girls Semi-Finals of the Doubles that following year. The year before she also took home 4 gold medals at the Afro-Asian tournament which were held in Hyderabad.
Since 2004 she started to see success on the WTA circuit. She also was awarded a doubles title in the AP Tourism Hyderabad Open. She also won six singles titles on the ITF circuit, too. But, in the year following she did particularly well in the Grand Slams . she made it to the third round at the Australian Open women’s singles tournament and 2nd round at Wimbledon and the 4th round of the US Open. She was awarded the “WTA Newcomer Of the Year in the course of the season.
In 2006 it was the very first woman of India to get seeded for the Grand Slam when she was placed in the Australian Open, but she did not make it to the top of the event. With the exception of a couple of noteworthy wins, she did not make much progress in the singles, but during the US Open the following year she made it to the quarterfinals of both women’s doubles and the mixed doubles competition.
2008 was a year the year that Sania Mirza suffered a wrist injury that hampered her performance when she was forced to pull out of the French Open and US Open tournaments. She was not able to participate in the Beijing Olympics in addition, but the following year she took home the first Grand Slam, ‘Australian Open Mixed Doubles Title’ alongside Mahesh Bhupathi. Through the years, she struggled with wrist injuries that caused her to play was hampered.
After a series of disappointing results along with first round losses from the singles event, Mirza began focusing on the doubles event during 2011 and that same year she together with Elena Vesnina made it to the semi-finals of the French Open. In the year following the pair comprised of Mirza and Vesnina made it to the semi finals in the Australian Open and won the French Open mixed doubles title together with Mahesh Bhupathi.
2013 was the year that Mirza along with Mattek-Sands were the winners of in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships however they were not able to achieve a breakthrough in the Grand Slams. Mirza began playing with his new player, Cara Black. The duo was successful to make it through the final rounds of several tournaments in the following year.
Mirza along with Cara Black reached the semi finals of the US Open in 2014, however, they won the Mixed Doubles title with Bruno Soares. In the same season, Mirza participated in the International Premier Tennis League and assisted her team ‘Indian Aces’ win the tournament.
Mirza was a team-up together with Chinese athlete Hsieh Su-Wei in the year 2015 and later in 2016 with Bethanie Mattek Sands, but her collaboration together with Martina Hingis proved to be an intelligent choice as they both won at Indian Wells and at the Miami Open in 2015. Miami Open.
In 2015, Mirza joined forces with Hingis to win the Wimbledon by straight-sets. it was the first Grand Slam win in women’s doubles. They also took home in the 2014 WTA Finals and followed it in their first win at the US Open in the same year. In the next year, the Mirza-Hingis pair took home an Australian Open Women’s doubles championship.
Awards and Achievements
Mirza was presented with the Arjuna Award by the Government of India in 2004.
in 2006 Mirza received with the Padma Shri by the Government of India. It is the fourth highest civilian honor in India.
The year 2015 saw her awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi KhelRatna Award and a year after that, she received an award called the Padma Bhushan, India’s 3rd most prestigious civilian award.
Personal Life & Legacy
Sania Mirza was engaged to marry Sohrab Mirza, a successful businessman from the city of Mirza in 2009. However, the wedding was canceled in the same year.
On April 12, 2010 Mirza was wed with Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik. The couple is not parents.