Sania Mirza was born on 15 November 1986 to Imran Mirza and Nasima Mirza in Mumbai,India.Later they shifted to Hyderabad where Sania grew up.Mirza is one of the most promising tennis players in India. The star has achieved six Grand slam titles. Women’s Tennis Associates has ranked her top from 2003 to 2013. Mirza also has one younger sister Anam Mirza who is married to Asad Azharuddin son of Mohd Azharuddin.
Sania Mirza is known for her outstanding performance over dynamic international players like Dinara Safina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Victoria Azarenka, Martina Hingis, Marion Bartoli, and Vera Zvonareva. The player has won several wins while defeating opponents in her single career. However, an injury on the wrist compelled her to leave the singles while focussing more on the doubles.
Mirza is the only Indian female tennis player who has secured her name in the top 100 single rankings. She has also achieved a WTA title. Her zeal to play and work hard rewards her various recognitions. Magazines like Time recognized her efforts and named her in “50 Heroes of Asia” given in 2005, “100 most influential people in the world” given in the year 2016.While Economic Times in 2010 mentioned Sania in the list of “33 women who made India Proud” . She is truly an inspiration to every sportsperson.
On 25th November 2013, South Asia invited Sania as a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador in the event to end violence against women.
Sania started her journey when she was just six years old. Her father Mirza dynamically skilled her. She has secured 10 singles and 13 doubles as a junior player. Also, recognized with the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls’ Doubles titles. She received a bronze medal in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan. In addition, she was acknowledged with four gold medals while playing at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games.
Mirza has won the very first WTA doubles titles while playing the 2004 AP Tourism Hyderabad Open with Liezel Huber partnership. In February 2005, Sania was recognized as the first-ever Indian woman that receives a WTA title. Her second WTA title was awarded when she defeated Lucie Safarova at the Forest Hills Tennis Classic. She was also recognized as WTA Newcomer of the Year.
Mirza picked up three medals while playing for Doha Asian Games. The medals include gold and silver in mixed doubles and women’s singles and teams. This year proves to be a breakthrough for her career but she still manages to win four doubles titles.
Mirza won her first Australian Open Grand Slam Title while beating Nathalie Dechy and Andy Ram with Mahesh Bhupathi’s partnership.
During the 2010 Asian Games, Sania Mirza won a bronze medal in the singles and a silver medal in mixed doubles while partnered with Vishnu Vardhan. She also won the Dubai tournament “AI Habtoor Challenge” while defeating Evgeniya Rodina, Ksenia Pervak, and Bojana Jovanovski. Sania Mirza defeated Meghann Shaughnessy and Bethanie Mattek-Sands to win her first Premier Mandatory title at Indian Wells. The girl has secured her 13th WTA title at PTT Pattaya Open 2011. While returning to a single circuit, she won matches in May at Brussels.
In February 2013, Sania Mirza has picked up the doubles titles at Dubai Championships. The girl has secured five WTA titles in 2013. Mirza while partnered with Black won the first title of Portugal Open for the year 2014. She has recognized with a bronze and gold while playing 17th Asian Games in South Africa. Further, she won a bronze medal too for the women’s doubles tournament.
In April 2015, Mirza and Hingis won the Family Circle Cup’s double title which ranked her top in the ranking of WTA’s doubles. These two partners also won the Wimbledon championships. while playing the Australian Open in 2016, Mirza won her third Grand slam title.
Mirza suffered a knee injury after the split with Hingis. Later, in April 2018, she was pregnant with her first child and delivered a baby boy in October.
She came back to the professional circuit after spending two years off in January 2020. However, Sania again suffered a knee injury and lost the first-round match of the 2020 Australian Open.
Awards and Titles
- In 2004 Sania Mirza won the Arjuna award (second highest sporting honour of India) for her outstanding performance in Tennis.
- Women’s tennis association (WTA) awarded her the Newcomer of the year in 2005 and become the only Indian woman to get this award.
- She was awarded Padma Shri in the year 2006 ,the fourth highest civilian award awarded every year on Republic Day.
- Major Dhyan Chand award is previously known as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the year 2015 which is considered the highest sporting honour of India.
- In the 100 most inspiring women list given by BBC in 2015.
- Padma Bhushan in 2016 the third-highest civilian award given by the President of India every year.
- She was also awarded NRI of the year in 2016.
Recently India’s Tennis Star reveals her retirement plan and told that most probably it will be her last year in which she is playing for India. The main reason behind this is the age factor due to which she found her body takes more time to recover after the injury and has already gone through three surgeries so it’s Time to Quit after 19 years of serving the nation.