Sania Mirza - The Youngest Indian Junior Grand Slam Title Winner

Sania Mirza was born on 15th November 1986 in Mumbai. She studied at Nasr School in Hyderabad and graduated from St. Mary’s College. In her earlier days, she was coached by her father, Imran Mirza, a sports journalist. In addition to the coaching given by her father, she was also trained by Mr. C.K. Bhupathi, father of the famous tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi. Her father approached big business houses for sponsorship towards her training and was successful in getting help from GVK Industries and Adidas. She started her training from the age of twelve. She trained at the Sinnet Tennis Academy in Secunderabad and later on at the Ace Tennis Academy in the United States of America. Currently, her professional career is being managed by `Globosports’ that is associated with Mahesh Bhupathi. Sania Mirza has also appointed Boris Becker’s coach, Bob Brett, as her specialist advisor.

Sania Mirza started playing in international tournaments in 1999 when she represented India in the World Junior Championship in Jakarta at the age of twelve. She won the Wimbledon Junior Doubles title at the age of thirteen, teaming with Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova to become the youngest Indian player to win a Junior Grand Slam title. Before her, it was Nirupama Mankad, the late cricketer Ashok Mankad’s wife, who became the second youngest female tennis player from India to win a title when she won the Asian Women’s tennis championship in 1965 at the age of sixteen. Sania Mirza went on to win seven International Tennis Federation singles in 2004. She made her debut in the India Fed Cup Team, winning all the three single matches.

She became a teenage sensation when she rose to fame in a short span of time after her sixteenth year. In February 2005, she became the first Indian woman to win a WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) Singles Title defeating Alyona Bondarenko in the Hyderabad Open Finals.

Sania Mirza has also become a fashion icon in Indian sports. She was ranked as the top Asian female player in 2008. She began playing as a professional from 2003 onwards and became famous for her powerful forehand ground strokes that she modelled after the famous Steffi Graf. She has beaten top ranked players like Svetlana Kuznetsova and Martina Hingis during her prime days.

She is currently placed sixty third in the women’s world rankings. She is likely to drop further after being eliminated in the first round of the U.S. Open this year by Shahar Peer. In any case, she is the highest ranking Indian female tennis player ever.  She has played eighty eight matches so far. In singles, her career win record is 23-20 and in doubles, her career win record is 32-13. She has one singles title and three doubles titles and one mixed doubles title to her name in addition to the Junior Wimbledon Girls Doubles title.

At the Asian Games in Doha in 2006, she won the silver medal in the women’s singles category and won a gold medal in the mixed doubles partnering Leander Paes.

Sania Mirza reached a career high ranking of twenty seven in 2007. She is the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam tournament at the U.S. Open in 2005. In the same tournament, she reached the fourth round. She won her first Grand Slam Title when she picked up the Mixed Doubles Trophy at the Australian Open in 2009 with Mahesh Bhupathi.

She has received an Honourary Degree as Doctor of Letters from the M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute University in Chennai in December 2008.  The year 2008 made her slide in her world rankings due to an injured wrist. In March 2010, the Economic Times named Sania Mirza in the list of top thirty names that made India proud. She has won twenty one ITF titles till date. She has been honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2004 and the Padma Shri in 2006.

Sania Mirza got engaged to her childhood friend, Mohammed Sohrab Mirza in 2009 but broke off her engagement early last year to marry the Pakistani Cricketer, Shoaib Malik.


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