A splendid star was born on November 15, 1986. As a very young girl, Sania defeated a very strong senior contender of her. That was the day when her parents, her coach and Sania herself realized that she indeed has some potential talent. Her rigorous practice and strong will power brought her into limelight very soon. Born in a small town Muslim family, her parents have always been her support and encouragement for what she is today.
Her father even left his job, just because to train her better. When asked, of her victory at an early stage of life, Sania says, that she never stopped after accomplishing something. She always had the urge to do more and more. Achieving all the milestones she has set for her, Sania is no less than what India can proudly represent as a nation. Her trophy gallery holds Padmashri, Arjuna Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padama Bhushan which are the amongst the most prestigious awards of India.
Below are the smashing and mind blowing facts about Sania Mirza that will make you love her more.
1) Sania started playing tennis at the age of six at Hyderabad’s Nizam Club, India. Her initial training was handled by CK Bhupati father of Mahesh Bhupati, the legendary Indian tennis player.
2) Later on her, at the age of 12 father Imran Mirza took over as her coach. Imran risked his career of journalism to chase his daughter’s dreams. Behind every successful daughter is just a father, who believes in his child rather than the society.
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3) Adidas sponsored her training at the initial days. Later Adidas roped in Sania as the Global brand ambassador. Now that’s how you pay back to those who helped you climb up the ladder of success.
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4) Sania is the first Indian to win a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) title and the highest ranked Indian tennis player from 2003-2013.
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5) She is the first Indian tennis player to make more than USD 1 million. She also became the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam event at the 2006 Australian Open. She partnered fellow Indian Mahesh Bhupathi for the Australian Open in 2009 and took the bull by its horns. Together they defeated Andy Ram and Nathalie Dechy comfortably in the final (6-3, 6-1).
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6) Sania has an honorary degree from Chennai’s MGR Educational and Research Institute University.
7) Sania was accorded with reputed awards consecutively for 3 years. ‘Arjuna Award’ in 2004. ‘Newcommer of the Year’ in 2005, awrded by WTA. ‘Padmashri’ in 2006.
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8) Google trends stated that Sania Mirza was the most searched Indian sportsperson in 2010. The Economic Times named Mirza in the list of the “33 women who made India proud”.
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9) Four-time Grand Slam winner Sania Mirza, is greatly influenced by the German player Stefi Graff and had a huge crush on Russian Tennis star Marat Safin.
10) Neither India nor pakistan, Sania lives with husband Shoib in Dubai. Shoib has always been the man better half encouraging her to reach miles to reach the zenith of her carrier.
11) It was after 51 years that an Indian girl figured in the final of a Australian open Grand Slam, the last being Rita Dabur, who had finished runner-up in the singles event in 1952. Winning the Wimbledon title was the way to fame for this tennis sensation.
12) On 29th August 2015, Sania Mirza conferred with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — the country’s highest sporting honor — while shooting sensation was among the Arjuna award recipients in a glittering ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
Sania Mirza became the second tennis player to receive the country’s highest sporting honor after Leander Paes.
13) In 2016, Sania Mirza, was awarded the Padma Bhushan. She is the fourth Indian tennis player to receive the Padma Bhushan after Vijay Amritraj, Ramanathan Krishnan and Leander Paes.
Truly an inspiration on how a small town girl can achieve world records. She redefines what determination really is. She is the one that inspires a generation of young youth to pick up their passion and dare to dream. Hats off to you young lady!!
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