Sania Mirza

Professional tennis player Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza is a professional Indian doubles tennis player. Following numerous surgeries she has retired from singles to concentrate on her doubles career. She began her tennis career in 2003 and is well known for her powerful forehand ground strokes. She is the first ever Indian to break into the top 30 WTA rankings in singles and top 10 in doubles.
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Asian Tennis Seeks a Homegrown Star
NYTimes - over 1 year
Although Sania Mirza has again qualified for the WTA Finals in doubles, what the event really needs to generate regional buzz is a true women’s singles star from Asia, like Li Na.
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Olympics-Tennis-Russian women win doubles gold
Yahoo News - over 1 year
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Swiss duo Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky 6-4 6-4 to win Olympic gold in the women's doubles on Sunday. The victory in a sparsely attended final gave Russia its seventh gold medal of the Rio Games and first in tennis. Former world number one and five-time grand slam singles title winner Hingis came out of retirement to become one of the world's top doubles players, winning several titles including this year's Australian Open with partner Sania Mirza. ...
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Hingis and Mirza call time on doubles partnership - over 1 year
(Reuters) - The leading women's doubles team of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have opted to end their partnership after suffering a slump in form following a trophy-laden 16 months together, the players confirmed on Thursday.
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Tennis-Hingis and Mirza lose chance to complete 'Santina Slam'
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza lost their cool as their hopes of holding all four grand slam titles were dashed following a 6-3 6-2 defeat by Czech duo Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the third round of the French Open on Sunday. The Indo-Swiss team dubbed "Santina" were hoping to win four majors in a row after following up last year's Wimbledon and U.S. Open triumphs with victory in January's Australian Open. Hingis and Mirza were left fuming at the umpire after a call went against them as they trailed 4-1 in the second set.
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Russian duo halt doubles win streak of Hingis-Mirza - almost 2 years
(Reuters) - Top ranked women's doubles pair Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza had their 41-match winning streak halted on Thursday after they were beaten in the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open.
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Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza Win Women’s Doubles Title in Australia
NYTimes - about 2 years
Hingis and Mirza, who became a pairing last March, have won 36 matches in a row and now have three Grand Slam titles together.
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Hingis and Mirza win Australian Open doubles title - about 2 years
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one doubles pairing Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza clinched their first Australian Open doubles title together with a 7-6(1) 6-3 victory over Czech pair Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka on Friday.
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India's tennis superstar
CNN - over 2 years
Mallika Kapur profiles India's first ever female World No 1. Sania Mirza has teamed up with Martina Hingis and dominated the doubles tour in 2015.
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Cricket comeback king Shoaib inspired by wife Sania title sweeps
Yahoo News - over 2 years
Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik said his sparkling double hundred against England was inspired by seeing his Indian wife Sania Mirza sweep to a series of tennis titles in 2015. Malik hit a career-best 245 to cap a remarkable return to Test cricket after five years on the sidelines and four days after Mirza clinched the China Open in Beijing alongside Martina Hingis. Now he is happily competing for bragging rights with his wife who this year has collected Grand Slam doubles titles with Hingis at Wimbledon and the US Open.
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India tennis star Mirza 'won't kill herself' over gold medal
Yahoo News - over 2 years
India's doubles world number one Sania Mirza has promised to take a measured approach to next year's Olympics, promising "I'm not going to kill myself!" if she fails to bring home a gold medal. Excitement over the Rio de Janeiro Games is already ramping up with high speculation over who will team up with Mirza as she seeks to win a rare Olympic gold for India. Mirza and her new partner Martina Hingis have cut a swathe through the doubles circuit this year, winning Wimbledon and the US Open among eight titles altogether including the China Open on Saturday.
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New league will help find India's singles talent: Amritraj
Yahoo News - over 2 years
By Sudipto Ganguly MUMBAI (Reuters) - The franchise-based Champions Tennis League, which will begin its second season next month, will help end India's search for quality singles players, its promoter and former Davis Cupper Vijay Amritraj said. Cricket lords over all other sports in India and the country of 1.2 billion has no men or women singles player in the top 100 while its players are world beaters in doubles. Leander Paes, 42, has eight doubles grand slam title to go with nine in mixed doubles, while Sania Mirza, once a top-30 singles player, is currently the number one women's doubles player.
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Mirza wants to inspire girls across subcontinent - almost 3 years
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Outside Bollywood films, Sania Mirza might be the only Indian success welcomed as warmly in neighboring Pakistan and the 28-year-old expects her doubles feats to inspire girls...
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Swiss Miss Hingis hoping to be a big hit in Fed Cup
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
By Ian Chadband ZIELONA GORA, Poland (Reuters) - It is not a gimmick and the way Martina Hingis is talking, it will be no mismatch either. After the Swiss announcement on Friday, made amid some excitement in a provincial Polish town hall, that she will play her first tour-level singles for eight years against Agnieszka Radwanska in the World Group playoff, Hingis declared: “I wouldn’t be playing if I didn’t think I could help the team.” Being paired with the world number nine Radwanska should, in theory, be like being chucked to the lions for someone who has retired twice and concentrated purely on doubles while occasionally messing around in exhibitions and low-rent league singles. After Hingis’s brilliant recent doubles performances with Sania Mirza, winning three tournaments in five weeks, Swiss Fed Cup captain Heinz Guenthardt asked her about returning to the fray. She needed no persuading as she has to play to qualify for next year’s Olympics where, she explained, she would happi...
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  • 2016
    Age 29
    Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao congratulated Sania Mirza on her being awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award She was named in the Time magazine's 2016 list of 100 most influential people in the world.
    In the 2016 Australian Open they were seeded first and won the Doubles title which is Mirza's third Grandslam title.
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    Mirza and Hingis kicked off their 2016 WTA tour in Australia by winning the tournaments in Brisbane and Sydney.
    She was named in Time magazine's 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
  • 2015
    Age 28
    The pair thus ended the year with a 22 match winning streak and Sania secured the year ending Num 1 ranking and wrapped up her 2015 season with 10 WTA Titles including 2 Grand Slams.
    With the win Mirza and Hingis also regain the top spot in 2015 Road to Singapore Standings trading spots with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Šafářová and became the first team to qualify for WTA Finals.
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    Mirza and Hingis won the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, defeating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in three tough sets in the final.
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    Mirza and Hingis won 2015 Family Circle Cup's double title in April 2015 defeating Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak and with the title win Mirza became the first Indian to be ranked world No. 1 in WTA's doubles rankings.
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    She started a new partnership with then world No. 5 Hsieh Su-wei from Chinese Taipei after Cara Black decided to go for a limited 2015 season.
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    Mirza began her 2015 season ranked No. 6 in the doubles rankings.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    Sania won majority of her matches and played a key role for the Indian Aces to win the inaugural edition of the IPTL 2014.
    Sania Mirza participated in the International Premier Tennis League starting on 28 November 2014, playing with the Micromax Indian Aces alongside tennis legend Roger Federer countryman Rohan Bopanna top Serbian Ana Ivanovic and Frenchman Gaël Monfils.
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    Mirza played the mixed doubles in the 2014 US Open pairing with Bruno Soares and went on to become the 2014 US Open Mixed Doubles Champions, thereby winning the third Mixed Doubles grand slam in her career.
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    Mirza and Black next competed in the 2014 US Open and lost to the pairing of Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta in the semifinals.
    Mirza began grass season playing in the 2014 Aegon Classic. She and Black lost to Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the semifinals. At the 2014 Aegon International, they reached the quarterfinals before losing to Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan. The pair next competed at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships and lost in the second round to the unseeded pairing of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Šafářová.
    In the mixed doubles event at the 2014 French Open, Mirza and Horia Tecău lost in the second round to Tímea Babos and Eric Butorac.
    Mirza and Black recorded three consecutive quarterfinal finishes in the subsequent clay tournaments, namely the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open, the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, and the 2014 French Open.
    Mirza and Black reached the semifinals of the 2014 Sony Open Tennis in Miami before losing to wildcards Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki.
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    Mirza and Black next competed in the 2014 Qatar Total Open and lost to the pairing of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Nadia Petrova in the quartefinals. The pair lost in the first round of the 2014 Dubai Tennis Championships to Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Šafářová.
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    Seeded 6th, Mirza and Black reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 Australian Open – Women's Doubles before losing to top seeds and eventual champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
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    Her next tournament was the 2014 Australian Open.
    Mirza began 2014 playing with Cara Black in the 2014 Apia International Sydney where they lost in the first round to Ajla Tomljanović and Jarmila Gajdošová.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    Mirza kicked off her 2013 season with a title Brisbane alongside Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first tournament itself.
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  • 2012
    Age 25
    Mirza was photographed without the Indian flag at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
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    In October 2012 the prize purse for female winners of the "Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship" was increased to be equal to that of male winners at Mirza's suggestion to All India Tennis Association president Anil Khanna.
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    On 17 July 2012, Sania and her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands were ousted in the first round of WTA Premier event in USA.
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    On 26 June 2012, Sania Mirza was awarded a wild card entry hence confirming her participation in women's doubles event of the London Olympics.
    Sania and her American partner Mattek-Sands advanced to the third round of the women's doubles competition at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, where they fell to the Williams sisters.
    Mirza then would go on to falling in the qualifying singles and first round doubles at the 2012 Aegon International.
    Sania and her partner Yaroslava Shvedova crashed out of the 2012 Aegon Classic with a straight-set defeat against Iveta Benešová and Alla Kudryavtseva.
    She then participated in the French Open in the Women's doubles (with Mattek-Sands) and the French Open mixed doubles (with Bhupathi). In the doubles she suffered a first round shock defeat but found great success in the French Open mixed doubles where she and Bhupathi won the crown by defeating Santiago González of Mexico and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland in the final on 7 June 2012.
    Mirza returned on the singles circuit in May at the 2012 Brussels Open where she won three good matches – including her first 'double bagel' – in the qualifying competition, where she beat Lesia Tsurenko, who was ranked 87 spots higher than her.
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    She then would begin the European Clay Court Season at the 2012 Estoril Open, where she was the semifinalist in doubles (with Anastasia Rodionova).
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  • 2011
    Age 24
    Next she played at the 2011 Internationaux de Strasbourg, but suffered a first round lost Alizé Cornet.
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    Mirza took part in the 2011 Sparta Prague Open, but had to retire in her first round match against Aleksandra Krunić due to a back injury.
    Next, she also competed at the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open, losing in the first round against doubles partner Elena Vesnina.
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    Going into the 2011 Australian Open, Mirza lost in the first round against Belgium's former world No. 1 Justine Henin in a tight three-setter, having won the first set 5–7 she went down 6–3, 6–1 in the next two.
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  • 2010
    Age 23
    The online attention the wedding received made Mirza the most searched woman tennis player and Indian sportsperson in 2010, according to Google Trends.
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    On 12 April 2010, she married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in a traditional Muslim wedding ceremony at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad, India followed by Pakistani wedding customs for a mahr of 6.1 million (US$137,500).
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    In November, she represented India at the 2010 Asian Games.
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    In October, she represented India at the 2010 Commonwealth Games as the 2nd seed.
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    In September, Mirza competed in the 2010 Guangzhou International Women's Open where she made her first quarterfinal of the season.
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    Mirza won her first round match against Michelle Larcher de Brito at the 2010 US Open, but she went down against 20th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round.
    She returned at the 2010 Aegon Classic, where she lost in the second round to Tamarine Tanasugarn in three sets.
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    This injury also caused her to pull out of the 2010 French Open.
    In February, Mirza competed in the 2010 PTT Pattaya Open as the 6th seed, but was upset by Tatjana Malek.
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    Mirza then suffered two first-round losses at the Moorilla Hobart International and the 2010 Australian Open.
  • 2009
    Age 22
    In 2009, Sania Mirza became engaged to childhood friend Sohrab Mirza, a millionaire businessman.
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    At 2009 Wimbledon Championships, Mirza defeated Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the first round.
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    On grass, Mirza participated at the 2009 Aegon Classic and reached the semifinals, losing to Magdaléna Rybáriková.
    She also lost in the first round at 2009 French Open, Galina Voskoboeva.
    But in mixed doubles, Mirza picked up her first Grand Slam title at the 2009 Australian Open.
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    Mirza started her year by playing at the doubles event of the Moorilla Hobart International. Partnering Francesca Schiavone, they reached the quarterfinals. At 2009 Australian Open, she won her first round match against Marta Domachowska, but she fell against 10th seed Nadia Petrova in round two.
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  • 2008
    Age 21
    Sania Mirza, along with Sunitha Rao were photographed violating the dress code at Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony parade in 2008.
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    Throughout 2008, Mirza was plagued by a slew of wrist injuries, requiring her to withdraw from several matches including those of the 2008 French Open and 2008 US Open Grand Slams.
    Mirza represented India at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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    At 2008 Wimbledon Championships, as the No. 32 seed, Mirza was defeated by qualifier María José Martínez Sánchez in round two, having had several match points.
    She reached the third round at the 2008 Australian Open as No. 31 seed, where she lost to No. 8 seed Venus Williams having been up a break in the first set.
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  • 2007
    Age 20
    She won four doubles titles in 2007.
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    She reached the quarterfinals in San Diego, the semifinals at Cincinnati, and made it to the final at Stanford. She also won the doubles event in Cincinnati with Shahar Pe'er. At the 2007 US Open, she reached the third round before losing to Anna Chakvetadze for the third time in recent weeks.
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    Mirza had the best results of her career during the 2007 summer hardcourt season, finishing eighth in the 2007 U.S. Open Series standings and reaching her highest singles ranking of world No. 27.
    She also fell in the second round at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships to Nadia Petrova.
    At the 2007 French Open, Mirza lost the battle against Ana Ivanovic in the second round.
  • 2006
    Age 19
    In 2006, Mirza notched up three top ten wins- against Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Martina Hingis Mirza started 2007 strongly, making it to the semifinals of Hobart, the second round of the 2007 Australian Open, semifinals in Pattaya, and the quarterfinals in Bangalore.
    She reached the second round of the 2006 US Open, losing to Francesca Schiavone.
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    She also lost in the first round of the 2006 French Open Grand Slam to Anastasia Myskina.
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    Mirza was seeded at the 2006 Australian Open (the first female Indian to be seeded in a grand slam event), only falling to Michaëlla Krajicek.
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  • 2005
    Age 18
    Thanks to a successful 2005 season, Mirza was named the WTA Newcomer of the Year.
    Mirza became the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2005 US Open, defeating Mashona Washington, Maria Elena Camerin and Marion Bartoli, before losing to top seed Maria Sharapova in the Round of 16.
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    In August, she reached the third round at the Acura Classic, falling to Morigami. Mirza reached her second WTA final at the 2005 Forest Hills Tennis Classic, falling to Lucie Šafářová.
    Her good-form continued at the 2005 Dubai Tennis Championships, where in round two she upset 4th seed and reigning US Open champion to reach the second round of 2005 Wimbledon Championships, where she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in a tight three setter.
    In February, Mirza became the first ever Indian woman to win a WTA title, by winning her hometown event, the 2005 AP Tourism Hyderabad Open, defeating ninth seeded Alona Bondarenko in the final.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    On the ITF Circuit, Mirza had a runner-up showing at the Palm Beach Gardens Challenger, where she fell to Sesil Karatantcheva. Mirza won 6 ITF singles titles in 2004.
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    At her hometown event, the 2004 AP Tourism Hyderabad Open, Mirza was a wildcard entrant.
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  • 2003
    Age 16
    In addition, Mirza picked up 4 gold medals at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad.
    She won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls' Doubles title, partnering Alisa Kleybanova.
  • 2002
    Age 15
    She helped India win a bronze medal in the mixed doubles event of the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, partnering Leander Paes.
    As the 2002 season began, she turned around a season of early losses to winning three straight titles; her first in her hometown Hyderabad and the other two in Manila, Philippines.
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  • 2001
    Age 14
    Her highlights of 2001 include a quarterfinals showing in Pune and a semifinal finish in New Delhi.
    On the senior circuit, Mirza started to show early success as she made her debut in April 2001 on the ITF Circuit as a 15-year-old.
  • 1986
    Sania Mirza was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India on 15 November 1986, to Imran Mirza, a builder, and his wife Naseema, who worked in a printing business.
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