Sania Mirza (Sports Man)

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Sania Mirza is the new icon of Indian youth and sports. She is the first Indian women tennis player, who is knocking the door to reach on top of the tennis court. Sania Mirza has shown the rays of hopes for others to adopt tennis.She is the most successful Indian female tennis player.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Sania Mirza

  • In Urdu:

    ثانیہ مرزا

  • Famous As:

    Tennis Player

  • Nationality:

    Indian

  • Education:

    Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Tennis Player

  • Height:

    1.73 M

  • Awards :

    5

  • Turned pro :

    2003

  • Plays :

    Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

  • College :

    St. Mary's College

  • Ranked:

    No.1

  • Sun Sign :

    Scorpio

  • Born
  • Date:

    15 November 1986

  • Place:

    Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

  • Family
  • Spouse:

    Shoaib Malik

  • Children:

    N/A

  • Parents:

    Imran Mirza (Father) Nasima Mirza (Mother)

  • Siblings :

    Anam Mirza

Biography

Infront of Media
Infront of Media
Mirza burst into the scene as a prodigiously talented teenage tennis star and won several of tournaments in the Indian local circuit before breaking into the big time when she won the Girls’ Doubles title at Wimbledon. Mirza won a number of singles championships in the local circuit and also fared credibly in the Grand Slam singles circuit but she could not make the sort of progress that she would have liked. A wrist injury was also one of the reasons why her career went through a rough phase but post that injury she started concentrating on doubles and mixed doubles tournaments more than the singles events which led to her success in the Grand Slam tournaments. She had a very fruitful partnership with fellow Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi in the mixed doubles and with Swiss great Martina Hingis at a later date. She is regarded as one of the finest doubles players in the world and without doubts one of the finest tennis players to have ever represented India.[1]  Biography 

Early Life and Family

Marriage Photo
Marriage Photo
Sania Mirza was born in Mumbai, India to Mr. Imran Mirza and Naseema. Saniya Mirza’s.Her father Imran was a sports journalist previously after that he went into the printing business and finally he became a builder and her mother Naseema was associated with the printing industry. The family later relocated themselves in the city of Hyderabad.Saniya Mirza has got a younger sister by the name of Anam. [2]  Early Life and Family On April12, 2010 Mirza got married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik. The couple has no children.

Education

Saniya Mirza got her schooling from Nasr School Khairatabad and passed her SSC examination with first division securing 63% marks.Mirza obtained an honorary scientific health practitioner of arts degree from the university of mgr institute of training and research in chennai on december 11 Dec 2008.She is also a extra ordinary swimmer.[3]  Education 

Started Playing Tennis

Saniya was drawn to the lawn tennis by her father, she started playing tennis at the tender age of six at Nizam Club Hyderabad. When Saniya was first taken to the coach he refused to coach her, later on after a week he called up the parents of Saniya and told them that he has never seen such a talent at such a tender age. Her initial training was handled by CK Bhupati father of Mahesh Bhupati, the legendary Indian tennis player.

Expenses

Sania Mirza’s father was unable to take care of the expenses of the training of Saniya therefore he approached some business houses for help, GVK industries and Adidas started to sponsor her from the age of 12 years. Later on her father Imran took over as her coach. Her physiotherapist is Badrinath.  

Professional Tennis

Sania Mirza learnt the professional tennis at Sinnet Tennis Academy in Secunderabad after that she moved to the Ace Tennis Academy in the United States. Currently her professional career is being managed by Global Sports, a company associated with Mahesh Bhupati and she has appointed Bob Brett who was previously the coach of Boris Becker as a specialist advisor.

Career

Won a Medal
Won a Medal

2003

She turned into a professional in 2003 and started playing in major tournaments. Subsequently, she won the Girls’ Doubles title at the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open Girls’ Doubles semi finals the same year. The same year, she also won 4 gold medals in the Afro-Asian games held in Hyderabad.

2004

From 2004 onwards, she started to taste success in the WTA circuit and won a doubles title at the AP Tourism Hyderabad Open. Additionally, she won 6 singles titles in the ITF circuit as well. However, the following year, she performed particularly well in the Grand Slams as she reached the 3rd round of the Australian Open women’s singles tournament, 2nd round at Wimbledon and 4th round at the US Open. She was adjudged the ‘WTA Newcomer of the Year’ for the season.

2006

In 2006, she became the first female from India to be seeded at a Grand Slam when she was seeded at the Australian Open, but she could not go far in the tournament. Other than a few notable wins, she could not go much ahead in singles event but at the US Open the following year she reached the quarter finals of both the women’s doubles as well as the mixed doubles events.

2008

2008 was a year in which Sania Mirza suffered a wrist injury and her game suffered, as she pulled out of French Open and US Open tournaments. She did not participate at the Beijing Olympics as well but the following year she won her first Grand Slam, ‘Australian Open Mixed Doubles Title’ with Mahesh Bhupathi. Over the next few years, she kept struggling with the wrist injury due to which her game suffered.

Poor Results

Following a long string of poor results and first round exits in singles events, Mirza started concentrating more on doubles events in 2011 and the same year, she and her partner Elena Vesnina reached the final of the French Open. The following year, the duo of Mirza and Vesnina reached the semi finals at the Australian Open and won the French Open mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi.

2013

In 2013, Mirza and Mattek-Sands won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships but could not make a mark at the Grand Slams and Mirza started playing with a new partner, Cara Black. The pair was successful enough in reaching the advanced rounds of several tournaments the following year.

2014

Sania Mirza Martina Hingis
Sania Mirza Martina Hingis
Mirza and Cara Black reached the semi finals of the US Open in 2014, but won the Mixed Doubles title with Bruno Soares. The same year, Mirza participated in the International Premier Tennis League and helped her team ‘Indian Aces’ in winning the league.

2015

Mirza teamed up with Chinese player Hsieh Su-Wei in 2015 and then with Bethanie Mattek Sands but her partnership with Martina Hingis proved to be an inspired decision and they won in Indian Wells and at the 2015 Miami Open.In 2015 Mirza partnered with Hingis to win at Wimbledon in straight sets and that constituted her first Grand Slam win in women’s doubles. They also won the 2015 WTA Finals and followed it up with the US Open in the same year. The following year, the Mirza-Hingis duo won the Australian Open Women’s doubles championship.

Achievement

Sania Mirza Kirsten Flipkens
Sania Mirza Kirsten Flipkens
Highest ranked female tennis player ever from India.Highest ranking No. 1 - Women's doubles (13 April 2015).

ITF Titles

Sania Mirza has won 21 ITF titles till date. In the year 2005 Saniya Mirza created waves in the tennis world when she reached to the 3rd and 4th rounds of many Grand Slam tournaments.  She has a very powerful forehand (Double handed backhand) and serves an array of strokes. She is greatly influenced by the German player Stefi Graff.

Awards

  1. Arjuna Award (2004)
  2. WTA New Comer of the Year (2005)
  3. Padma Shri (2006)
  4. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2015)
  5. Padma Bhushan (2016)[4]  Awards 

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