Early Life and Family
EducationSaniya 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.
Started Playing TennisSaniya 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.
ExpensesSania 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 TennisSania 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.
2003She 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.
2004From 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.
2006In 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.
20082008 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 ResultsFollowing 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.
2013In 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.
2015Mirza 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.
ITF TitlesSania 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.
- Arjuna Award (2004)
- WTA New Comer of the Year (2005)
- Padma Shri (2006)
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2015)
- Padma Bhushan (2016)
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