Sania Mirza is an Indian professional tennis player. A former doubles world No. 1, she has won six Grand Slam titles in her career. Throughout her career, she has established herself as by far the most successful Indian female tennis player ever and one of the highest-paid and most high-profile athletes in the country.
Sania Mirza began playing tennis at the age of six, turning professional in 2003. She was trained by her father. Mirza won 10 singles and 13 doubles titles as a junior player. She won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls’ Doubles title, partnering Alisa Kleybanova. She also reached the semifinals of the 2003 US Open Girls’ Doubles, with Sanaa Bhambri, and the quarterfinals of the 2002 US Open Girls’ Doubles.
Sania Mirza began her year at the ASB Classic in Auckland. She won her first-round match against Stefanie Vögele, but was crushed by fourth seed Francesca Schiavone in the second round. Mirza then suffered two first-round losses at the Moorilla Hobart International and the Australian Open. In February, Mirza competed in the Pattaya Open as the sixth seed, but was upset by Tatjana Malek.
Sania Mirza is an offensive baseliner with very powerful groundstroke and is known for setting up good attacks with the sheer velocity of her groundstrokes. Her main strength is her forehand, as well as her volleying skills. Her power game has drawn comparisons to Romanian legend Ilie Năstase. She is also a great returner of serve finding many return winners during matches. Mirza goes for winners, which means she goes for many angles.
In July 2016, Mirza published an autobiography titled Ace against Odds chronicling her journey to the top. The book also lists some of her memorable encounters on and off the court and talks about the people and relationships that have contributed to Mirza’s growth as a person and a sportsperson.
|Full Name||Sania Mirza|
|DOB||15 November 1986|
|Birth Place||Mumbai, India|
|Marital Status||Married (12 April 2010)|
|Affairs||Sohrab Mirza (Childhood friend – Businessman),
Shoaib Malik (Pakistani Cricketer)
|Physical Appearance||Height: 5’ 8
Weight: 55 kg
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
|Family||Father: Imran Mirza
Husband: Shoaib Malik
Son: Izhaan Mirza Malik
|School||Nasr School, Hyderabad|
|College||St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad
Dr. M.G.R. Education & Research Institute, Chennai
Doctor of Letters (Honorary Degree)
|Honours||Arjuna Award (2004),
WTA Newcomer of the Year (2005),
Padma Shri (2006),
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2015),
BBC list of 100 inspiring women (2015),
Padma Bhushan (2016),
NRI of the Year (2016)
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