Relation(s)Shoaib Malik (Husband), Imran Mirza (Father), Naseema Mirza (Mother)
Sania Mirza Biography
Sania Mirza is a professional tennis player from India and one of the most successful players in the doubles tennis.
She was born on 15th November 1986 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Hyderabad. It was from here, that Mirza started to take those small steps before taking that giant stride towards glory. Her father introduced her to tennis at the age of six and even built a court in their home for her to practice.
It was in 2001, from where it all started when she started playing in the ITF tournaments and winning three more titles in the following year, which established her name as a force to reckon with in the Tennis circuit.
Sania's Career Profile
Mirza turned professional in 2003, under the able guidance of her father. Mirza won 10 singles and 13 doubles titles in the junior circuit, which really was a noteworthy beginning towards a new chapter which was about to be written in the history books.
She also won the Girl’s Doubles title at the Wimbledon Championships and was a semifinalist in the U.S Open Girls Doubles Open. It was in the same year that she also won four gold medals in the Afro-Asian Games held in Hyderabad.
Rise to Glory
It was from 2004 that Mirza started to taste success on the WTA circuit. She won her first first doubles WTA title at the AP Tourism Hyderabad Open, partnering with Liezel Hubler. She won six more titles in the ITF Circuit in the same year.
It was in the following year, during which she performed exceptionally in the Grand Slams. She reached the third round of the Australian Open and second round in Wimbledon.
She became the first Indian to be adjudged as the “WTA Newcomer of the Year” for the season.
In 2006, she became the first Indian to be seeded at a Grand Slam event as she was seeded in the Australian Open, though she couldn’t go far in the tournament. Mirza notched up three top wins against Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, and Martina Hingis, which proved her mettle.
She brought cheers to the Indian camp during the 2006 Doha Asian Games as she won Gold in mixed doubles and silver in singles.
The year 2008 was marred by injuries for Sania, as she suffered a side strain at first and then a serious wrist injury which forced her to pull out of the US Open and French Open tournaments.
She didn’t participate in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which dashed the hopes of a medal expectation from tennis.
Following a string of losses and first-round exits, her rankings saw a dramatic dip. Mirza decided to take a call on her singles career and started focussing on her double’s career, which proved be a turning point in Mirza’s career.
Road to Resurgence
In 2013, Mirza and Mattek-Sands won the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championship but the pair failed to make further inroads at the Grand Slam, which proved to be a big disappointment for Mirza and her fans.
Following which, Mirza started playing with a new partner Cara Black. The pair combined well enough to create a mark at the Grand Slams. In 2014, Mirza reached the semifinals pairing up with Cara Black in the US Open; it was in the same year when Mirza and Bruno Soares lifted the Mixed Doubles title.
Mirza was ranked as number six in the doubles ranking at the start of 2015. She started a new partnership with the Swiss legend Martina Hingis and the pair was on a winning spree. One of their most famous wins includes clinching the women’s doubles title at the Wimbledon. The pair became a forerunner in women’s double as they ended the year as number one in the WTA rankings chart.
In August 2016, Mirza and Hingis announced their split following a few under-par performances.
At the Rio Olympics, Mirza teamed up with Rohan Bopanna where they reached the semi-finals but failed to clinch a medal for the country.