Sania Mirza is a well-known tennis player from India. She started learning tennis at a very young age and later pursued it as a career. She lived with her parents in Hyderabad and completed her schooling there. Her father Imran Mirza was a sports journalist and her mother Naseema worked in a printing business. Sania Mirza is the first woman who won a tennis tournament and received an amount of around more than $1 million dollars. Sania idolizes 2 famous personalities of tennis Roger Federer and Steffi Graf who motivated her to pursue tennis as a career Here are some of the facts about Sania Mirza that are worth knowing.
10 Facts about Sania Mirza
1. Started her career at the age of six
Sania commenced to play tennis at the age of 6 and her father was her first trainer. In the year 2003, she started her journey as a professional tennis player. Also later she learned tennis from her coach Roger Aderson.
2. First woman to win WTA title
Sania was the first woman to win a WTA title in the year 2004 just after she won Wimbledon. She also won 10 singles and 13 double titles as a junior player.
3. Sponsored by sport brand
Initially, in her career, her training was sponsored by one of the sports brands however later she repaid the brand by becoming a brand ambassador of that brand.
4. Started with singles and switched to doubles
She started her career by playing singles however later she switched to doubles due to injury and it suited her game too. She won her first grand slam in the year 2009 with Mahesh Bhupati in the Australian Open.
5. Received the Arjuna Award in 2014
Sania also received the Arjuna Award in the year 2004 and was mentioned in the magazine “ 50 Heroes of Asia” in the year 2005.
6. First Indian tennis player to win women’s doubles grand slam
Sania Mirza is the first Indian woman who won the women’s double grand slam with her partner Martina Hingis. Not only this she won 3 double grand slams with Martina.
7. Married to Pakistani cricketer
Sania Mirza is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in the year 2010. They both reside in Dubai and Sania Mirza is also considered the brand ambassador of Telangana state.
8. UN goodwill ambassador
Sania Mirza is the first woman to become the brand ambassador of UN Goodwill for South Asia in 2013. She is the first south asian woman who featured in UN goodwill.
9. Most searched Indian sports personality
Sania Mirza was the most searched Indian sports personality on search engines in the year 2010 as per the Google Trends analysis.
10. Born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
Sania was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra and later she spent her childhood with her parents and younger sister in Hyderabad.
Sania Mirza retired from singles in the year 2003 due to an injury and faced a lot of challenges in her personal life however all of this has shaped her as a strong individual and she continued to bring laurels to the country. She has also been awarded many prestigious awards like Padma Shri in 2006, Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna in 2015, Padma Bhushan in 2016, and many more. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she won a silver medal in Women’s singles and a bronze medal in Women’s doubles. She also received the number 1 WTA rank in the women’s double event. Apart from her professional life, she has also managed to enjoy every aspect of her personal life too. She took great care of her parents, got married to the man she loved, and was blessed with a baby boy in the year 2018. Sania Mirza is a great inspiration for many girls in the world and her life is a symbol of perseverance, stamina, and hard work which leads to success.
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