President, PM congratulate Sania Mirza on becoming World No. 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS)

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Sania Mirza for becoming the new women's doubles No.1 player on Monday.

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won their third successive doubles title together, securing the Family Circle Cup tennis title in Charlestone on Sunday, enabling the Indian to create history by becoming the first woman from her country to become the World No.1 in doubles ranking.

The No.1-seeded Swiss-Indian duo beat Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak 6-0, 6-4.

Sania is the first Indian woman to reach No.1 in tennis, in either singles or doubles, and just the fourth Asian woman to do it, after Japan's Ai Sugiyama, China's Peng Shuai and Chinese Taipei's Hsieh Su-Wei.

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