One of the biggest names in the tennis world, Sania Mirza needs no introduction. A recognized stars whose compassion and determination is well reflected by her career goals and trophies. With less than 10 years in the professional world, Sania Mirza has made quite a lot of name for her in the tennis world and has followers and fans all over the world. Sania’s success can be determined by the prize money she made in her career, that totals over $US2 million; one Indian woman tennis star to do so.
Born on 15th November 1986 in Bombay, India, Sania Mirza is a daughter to Imaran Mirza and Naseema. Born in anIslamic religious family in India, Sania and her sister Anam were brought up in a totally religious set up in Hyderabad, India.Sania was passionate about the game since her early days and started playing the game from a very tender age of 6, under the training of her father who was a sports journalist himself. Thus those days of rigorous training and determination towards greatness, Sania quickly made her way through the Women Tennis world and became pro in 2003.
Sania Mirza quickly rose to the top tables and it was amazing how she came home with laurels from around the world. She won 10 singles and over a dozen doubles titles in her junior years and even went on to reach the quarter finals of 2002 US open Girls’ Doubles with IshaLakhani and 2003 French Open Girls’ Doubles with Sana Bhambri, eventually winning the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls’ Double title along with her partner, Alisa Kleybanova.
This marked the beginning of her amazing career as the only Indian woman to make such a successful entry in the sport. Sania went on to be in every tennis event she can be and even though she didn’t won some of them, she went on to reach the semifinals and finals of most of them, showing her hard work and determination.
The very year 2005 has been extremely amazing for Sania who seems to be putting quite an impression on the critics.Sania made her way through in the 2005 Australian Open where she was going off with a good start until she was beaten by the former World no. 1, Serena William.Returing from an early loss in 2005 French Open, Sania turned on all caps to defeat Akiko Morigami to reach the second round of 2005 Wimbledon Championships where she delivered her best and fought till the end; eventually being beaten by Kuznetsova in an interesting 3 setter match.
Later that year, she won the WTA title in her hometown event, the Hyderabad Open by defeating Alona Bondarenko in the final by 6-4, 5-7 and 6-3, first ever-Indian woman to win the title.She became the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of Grand Slam tournament at 2005 US Open. Just 2 years after her entry in the professional tennis world, Sania Mirza was everywhere and on every tongue, winning WTA new Comer of the year.
Following 4 years, Sania’s career took up surges in the sky and she enjoyed the supreme fame and fortune from all over the world. Winning numerous titles, teaming up with world class players and sweeping away championships, it was Sania’s time to make a mark.
She is the highest ranked sports star in India for over a decade and has been in many notable mentions all over the country.She is the highest-ranking player in the country, with tennis career ranking of 27 in singles and 7 in doubles. She was named one of the 50 Heroes of Asia by Times Oct’ 2005. In 2010, Economic times named her as one of the 33 women that made India proud.