Sania Mirza is the most renowned women Tennis Player of India. Since 2003, Sania Mirza has held the first position in women singles and doubles as well. Sania Mirza is the topmost female tennis player ever to play from India. In singles, she was ranked among the top 27 players of the world, and in doubles she was ranked among the top 7 of the world.
In her career she has achieved some of the toughest heights of success where no other Indian has so far reached. Sania Mirza is the third Indian to win a Grand Slam title
Initial Life and Family
Sania Mirza was born Mumbai,India. She as a kid was a quite enthusiastic sports person. Her father, Imran Mirza, was a sports journalist and her mother, Nasima Mirza, was a house wife. Despite of being born in Mumbai, Sania and her younger sister Anam, grew up in Hyderabad.
Sania was a player by birth. She started playing Tennis since she was 6 years old. She at her earlier years was trained by her father and then later she turned up to professional tennis coaches.
Education: Sania Mirza
As she grew in Hyderabad, she completed her schooling from NSAR School. She turned out to be an average student. Even in her school days she used to practice tennis a lot.
After completing her schooling, Sania Mirza went to graduate from St. Mary’s College.
Sania Mirza, in December 2008, was presented an honorary degree of ‘Doctor of Letters’ by the MGR Educational and Research Institute University in Chennai.
Private Life of Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza married Pakistani cricket player Sohib Malik on 12 April, 2010. Before marring to Sohib, Sania in 2009 was engaged to Sohrab Mirza. Sohrab was her childhood friend but things between them didn’t work out well. Soon the engagement was broken and both of the two went apart. After this Sania was reported to date Faizan Udyawar, who was a well renowned international businessman.
But this didn’t comforted Sania Mirza as expected to lead her life with a sportsperson just like herself. So she first dated and then married Pakistani cricket player Sohib Malik.
Sania and Sohib’s marriage received huge attention by the whole of the country. The marriage was surrounded by controversies as Sohib Malik was reported to be a married man and in order to Marry Sania he should give divorce to his first wife. This created a huge public drama until they were married.
Sania Mirza’s mother Naseema is the coach of their team in London Olympics 2012.
Career as a Tennis Player: Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza accounts a long list of awards and honors in her career. She has proved to be the best women tennis player of India.
Sania holds trophies for two Grand Slam titles and for the women’s doubles game at Roland Garros in 2011.
Sania Mirza is the third Indian to win a round at the Grand Slam tournament.
Sania Mirza started her professional career very early. She first entered as a junior player and proved her presence as a rising star. She holds some noteworthy titles as a junior tennis player.
Sania Mirza entered professional tennis in April 2001.Her first challenge was the ITF Circuit, at that time she was just 15-year-old.
Junior Player — 2001: Sania Mirza The rising Star
In 2001 as she entered, Sania made her opponents feel her presence. Within just the initial matches, she entered into the quarterfinals and semifinals in Pune and Delhi respectively.
2002 : Sania Mirza Growing Years
The year 2002 did not proved to be of much worth to Sania except some of the achievements. She lost a couple of events in 2002. In 2002 she entered the quarterfinals of the ‘US Open Girls’ Doubles’, and was accompanied by Isha Lakhani. Sania along with Leander Paes won a bronze medal in the 2002 Asian Games – mixed doubles event – held at in Busan.
Year- 2003 : Sania Enters the WTA tournament
In the first quarter of 2003, Sania Mirza entered WTA tournament for the first time. The tournament was held at the AP Tourism Hyderabad Open.
Hyderabad being her home town boosted her luck well. Sania Mirza lost her first round to Evie Dominikovic. After a week, she entered the Qatar Ladies Open, but unfortunately was not able to qualify the initial round. Still Sania Mirza came up and played the Fed Cup. Sania won three conservative matches and raised the name of the country.
As a junior player Sania Mirza has won 10 singles and 13 doubles championships. As a junior player in 2003 Sania won ‘Wimbledon Championships Girls’ Doubles title’, accompanied by ‘Alisa Kleybanova’. After that Sania entered the semifinals of the 2003 ‘French Open Girls’ Doubles’, accompanied by ‘Sanaa Bhambri’, but was unable to reach till the finals.
The same year Sania Mirza won 4 gold medals in the 2003 ‘Afro-Asian Games’ held in Hyderabad.
2004: Sania Mirza wins WTA Doubles Title
In 2004 at the ‘AP Tourism Hyderabad Open’, Sania Mirza entered through a wildcard entry. Sania Mirza reached the final of the tournament and lost the last round of the final against Nicole Pratt. Nonetheless Sania won her first ever WTA doubles title there, accompanying Liezel Huber.
The same year at the ‘Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem’ in Casablanca, Morocco, Sania was defeated by the champion Émilie Loit.
Sania Mirza ended as a runner-up after being defeated by Sessil Karatantcheva the ‘Palm Beach Gardens Challenger’. Still Sania Mirza managed to win 6 ITF singles championships in 2004.
Sania Mirza Enters Grand Slam — 2005
In the year 2005, Sania faced a very tough competition. But this year was one of the most successful years of her career.
At the Australian Open Mirza in the first two rounds defeated Cindy Watson and Petra Mandula and faced the final match with Serena Williams. Though she did not won that match but she gave a tough competition to Serena Williams.
Sania Mirza in 2005 turned out to be the first Indian woman to win the WTA championship. She was chosen as the champion after defeating Alona Bondarenko and therefore, winning her hometown event, i.e. AP Tourism Hyderabad Open.
Sania then entered the Dubai Tennis Championship. At Dubai she qualified the first round but was turned down at the second one, she was defeated by Svetlana Kuznetsova. Still somehow Sania managed to win 12 out of the 14 games.
The same year she reached up till the second round of the Wimbledon by defeating ‘Akiko Morigami’ but was defeated in the second round by ‘Kuznetsova’.
She entered the third and the second round at the ‘Acura Classic’ and ‘Forest Hills Tennis Classic’, respectively but was defeated and was forced to leave.
The same year i.e. in 2005, Sania Mirza came out as the first woman from India ever to touch the fourth round in a Grand Slam tournament at the U.S. Open. In her first round of the grand slam she defeated ‘Mashona Washington’ and in the second and third she defeated ‘Maria Elena Camerin and Marion Bartoli’ respectively.
In the last quarter of 2005, Sania entered the Japan open and reached the semifinals very swiftly. In the semifinal match she was defeated by ‘Tatiana Golovin’.
At the end of 2005 Sania Mirza was honored as the “WTA Newcomer of 2005”.
2006 — Australian Open
Sania was defeated in the first round of the ‘French Open Grand Slam’.
At the DFS classic she managed to reach till the third round where she was defeated by ‘Meilen Tu’.
At the US Open, she was defeated in the second round by ‘Francesca’. The same year she reached till the semifinals of the ‘Sunfeast Open’ but was defeated by ‘Martina Hingis’.
In the last month of 2006, Sania Mirza won three trophies at the ‘Doha Asian Games’. She came first in two of the events and ended up as second in the last match.
2007: Sania Mirza at U.S. Open
Sania had a good start this year. This year proved to be the strongest of all in her career.
She entered the 2nd game at the Australian Open and the semifinals at Hobart. She was defeated at the second round of the French Open as well as of the Wimbledon Tournament.
She touched the eighth rank at the ‘U.S. Open Series’ and was marked 27 in the all World ranking.
Sania turned out to be a winner at the doubles event in Cincinnati, accompanying Shahar Pe’er.
2008: Year of Injuries
The year 2008 proved more of an injury year to her, as this was the year when she suffered most of her career injuries.
Mirza in the beginning of the year was defeated in the quarterfinals at the Hobart Tournament. She even entered the third round of the Australian Open.
In the Mixed doubles Sania, accompanied by Mahesh Bhupathi, turned up as the runner-up at the ‘Australian Open mixed doubles tournament’.
Due to an injury Sania had to step back from the PTT Pattaya Open.
At the Grass, Mirza in 2008 was badly defeated by Marina in the second round of Birmingham Tournament.
At the Wimbledon Tournament, Mirza just went till the quarterfinals.
For the first time Sania Mirza entered the Olympics. She played at the 2008 ‘Summer Olympics held in Beijing’.
She was excluded from the singles category at the time when she suffered an injury in her right arm.
She entered the second round in the doubles competition but was defeated in it.
2009: Mixed Doubles Win with Mahesh Bhupathi
Sania Mirza initiated her year with a doubles tournament; she reached till the quarterfinals of the ‘Moorilla Hobart International’.
As she has always performed well at the doubles, Sania Mirza along with Mahesh Bhupathi, won her first Mixed Double title at the ‘Grand Slam’ in the ‘Australian Open’.
Sania was defeated in the finals of the ‘Pattaya Women’s Open Tournament’ held in Bangkok
At the U.S Open, after winning the first round, she was defeated in the second round.
In Japan, Sania participated in the ‘Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo’; she lost within the first round itself to Zheng Jie.
2010: Victory at Dubai
Mirza lost one second and two first rounds at ‘ASB Classic in Auckland’, ‘Moorilla Hobart International’ and the ‘Australian Open’ respectively.
Even in Dubai at the ‘Dubai Tennis Championships’, Sania lost the game at the first round.
Once again due to an injury, Sania had step back from three successive titles, one from the Sony Ericcson Open, secondy from the the BNP Paribas Open and thirdly from the Family Circle Cup.
At the 2010 AEGON Classic, Sania was defeated in the second round.
Since then for the next few time her form continued to be bad. From the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open to the U.S. Open, she never made it beyond the second round.
At the Common Wealth Games, Sania went up till the finals but was defeated by Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova. In doubles Sania with Rushmi Chakravarthi lost their game to Australia’s Double team.
She entered the Asian Games in 2010 and won a bronze medal in women singles title and a silver medal at the doubles.
In the last month of the year, Sania entered the ‘Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge in Dubai’ and won the tournament.
2011: Sania Won her 11th WTA Doubles Title
Sania Mirza started the year with a defeat at Auckland.
At the Australian Open, Mirza faced a tough defeat against Justine Henin. She was not even able to qualify the first round of the tournament.
At the Premier Mandatory events in March, Mirza made the second rounds in both. In doubles at the Premier Mandatory Tournament, Sania accompanied Vesnina, won her first title.
Sania Mirza won her 11th WTA Doubles Title in 2011. She even won the Indo-Russian duo Doubles title accompanied by Vesnina.
Sania had to step back from the ‘Sparta Prague Open’ due to a back injury.
Mirza qualified her first round at the Fench open but faced defeat at the second round of the tournament.
Mirza was defeated at the Doubles semifinals at the Wimbledon Tournament along with Vesnina. And Sania was again defeated at the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles tournament.
She entered till the third round of the Doubles Tournament accompanied by Vesinina, at the US Open. Sania won the Citi Open doubles championship accompanied by Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.
Due to an injury Sania Mirza was barred from playing any further games for the rest of the year.
2012: London Olympics
Sania faced a defeat at the starting of the year when lost her first match at the ASB Classic.
Sania Mirza faced defeat at the first round of the Australian Open. Whereas Sania accompanied by Vesnina reached till the semifinals of the Grand Slam Title.
At the mixed doubles event, Sania Mirza played accompanied by Mahesh Bhupathi, were defeated at the semifinals of the 4th Grand Slam title.
Mirza entered the Fed Cup in China. She reached till the second round of the singles tournament.
Mirza then entered the PTT Pattaya Open and won the tournament. In doubles Sania was accompanied by Australian Anastasia Rodionova; Sania won her 13th WTA title after defeating Taiwan.
Sania Mirza along with Vesinina faced defeat at the Dubai tournament.
Sania Mirza along with Mahesh Bhupathi won the French Open mixed doubles title.
Sania then entered the London Olympics 2012.
Awards won By Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza has so far won three awards.
- Arjuna Award (2004)
- WTA New Comer of the Year (2005)
- Padma Shri (2006)
Sania Mirza went into controversies at the time of her marriage. Her marriage with the Pakistani Cricketer Sohib Malik received huge attention by the Indian media. The controversy came to an end when Sania herself said that even after her marriage with a Pakistani cricketer she would continue to play for India.
Another controversy gained its way when the Muslim league raised their opposition against the clothes which Sania used to lay at the time of her game. But later on the matter was solved as the Muslim league said that they don’t object with anybody’s game. Still they don’t support her upon wearing such type of clothes.
In 2008, Sania was seen display her bare feet to the Indian flag while resting. She was even challenged under the Insult to Nation’s Honor Act but Sania, in her defense said, “I love my country, I wouldn’t be playing Hopman Cup otherwise.”