Introduction of Sania Mirza: Sania Mirza won a WTA Tour championship; she is the only Indian woman who is rated in the top 100 in singles. She is the first Indian woman to progress beyond the second round of a major tournament, and the third Indian woman overall (after Nirupama Mankad and Nirupama Sanjeev, and the second in singles after Sanjeev) to do so.
Mirza has won more WTA doubles championships than any other current player. Moreover, she has held the doubles world No. 1 position for 91 consecutive weeks.
After winning the WTA Newcomer of the Year award in 2005, Mirza and her doubles partner Martina Hingis went on an unprecedented 44-match winning run in 2015.
As a multi-sport athlete, Mirza has also been very successful, having won a total of 14 medals (including six golds) in the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the Afro-Asian Games.
The early life of Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza was born in Mumbai, India, to Hyderabadi Muslim parents Imran Mirza, a sportswriter, and Naseema Mirza, who worked in the printing industry. Her family relocated to Hyderabad not long after she was born, and there she and her younger sister, Anam, were nurtured as devout Sunni Muslims.
Anam is married to Mohammad Asaduddin, a professional cricketer and the son of Mohammad Azharuddin, the former captain of the Indian national cricket team.
She is related to cricket greats like India’s Ghulam Ahmed and Pakistan’s Asif Iqbal. At age six, she decided to start playing tennis. Her father and Roger Anderson both served as coaches for her.
Career of Sania Mirza
Mirza said in the latter part of 2018 that she planned to return to professional tennis in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics. After more than two years away from the tour to raise her baby and celebrate his first birthday, she made her comeback in January 2020 at Hobart International, where she played with Nadiia Kichenok.
The newly formed team triumphed in the competition final against the number two-seeded Peng Shuai/Zhang Shuai. Due to Mirza’s calf injury, the team was unable to go beyond the first round of the 2020 Australian Open.
She and Ankita Raina competed in the 2020 Summer Olympics; however, they were eliminated in the first round by Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine.
It was Mirza’s third straight Olympic loss in the first round of the women’s doubles competition.