" I join millions of young Indians you have inspired with your spirit to greet you on a game well played. You showed,
through your spirit and your talent, that true sport is about playing a game well without worrying about the result"
This is an excerpt from Prime Minister Manmohan singh's congratulatory message to sania mirza, india's teen sensation,
the girl with a "go get it" attitude.
Sania's latest claim to fame was her recent headline- making match with Serena Williams in the third round of the Australian
open. Ranked at 166 in the world and laying in the main draw as a wildcard against the American superstar at the Australian
Open Grand Slam, Sania went down 1-6 4-6 in the 57 minutes but more than lived up to her expectations as she matched the six-time
Grand slam champion stroke for stroke midway through the second set . This 18 yr old from Hyderabad with the golden nose ring
became the first Indian woman to reach the third round of a grand slam tennis event.
This is not the only reason that Sania has captivated the public.
On the 28th June 2003, she won the Wimbledon juniors women's doubles title becoming the first Indian girl to win a grand
slam title. She and her Russian partner Alisa kleybanova came back from one set down to win the final 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the
Wimbledon tennis championship defeating Katherine bohgmova of the Czech republic and Michaela Krajicek of the Netherlands.
It was after 51 years that an Indian girl had reached the final of a grand slam, the last being Rita Dabur who had finished
runners-up in the singles event in 1952.
Sania was born in Mumbai in a conservative family on the 15th November 1986 to Imran and Nasima Mirza. Though she was
born into a cricket loving family- former Indian test captain Ghulam Ahmed was a distant uncle of father Imran- she was
introduced to tennis when she was six. She started practicing under CK Bhupathi, Mahesh Bhupathi's father and first started
playing tennis at the Nizam club in Hyderabad. She learnt the professional game at the Sinnet tennis academy in Secunderabad
before finally moving to the Ace Tennis academy in the USA.
What an achievement!!
Sania, whose strong points are her ground strokes and aggressive approach, played her first international tournament in
1999 when she represented India at the world junior championship at Jakarta. She has also appeared till the semifinal round
of the French open girls doubles and in the girls singles at Wimbledon where she suffered a second round defeat . her latest
achievements include Boca Raton classic women's ITF tennis tournament at Florida, USA,
And the double title at the Hyderabad open. History was created at the Hyderabad open as Sania Mirza partnered Liezal
Huber to win a professional tennis title on the WTA tour. She also stepped into the footsteps of legends like Vijay Amritraj,
Leander Paes, Ramesh Krishnan, Ramamnathan Krishnan, and Mahesh Bhupathi , becoming , at the age of 17, the youngest Indian
tennis player in the history to win a professional Tour event.
Did you know?
> On January 12,2004, India named Sania Mirza as its brand ambassador in the year of the girl child.
> Her parents were watching a Steffi Graf and Conchita Martinez battle, when they decided to make their daughter a
> This hardworking star begins her workout sessions at 6.30 a.m , extending up to 7 in the evening.
> She was nursing an ankle injury and was on painkillers during the Australian open tennis championship in Melbourne.
> She used to always win the "most promising player trophy", inspite of losing in the final.