Sania Mirza facts for kids
Mirza in 2017
|Born||15 November 1986
|Height||1.73 metres (5 ft 8 in)|
|College||St. Mary's College
Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute
|Turned pro||February 2003|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||271–161 (62.73%)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 14 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 27 (27 August 2007)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2005, 2008)|
|French Open||2R (2007, 2011)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)|
|US Open||4R (2005)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2008)|
|Career record||492–214 (69.69%)|
|Career titles||41 WTA, 4 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (13 April 2015)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (2016)|
|French Open||F (2011)|
|US Open||W (2015)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Championships||W (2014, 2015)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2008)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (2009)|
|French Open||W (2012)|
|Wimbledon||QF (2011, 2013, 2015)|
|US Open||W (2014)|
|Other Mixed Doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||SF (2016)|
|Last updated on: 24 November 2019.|
Sania Mirza (born 15 November 1986) is an Indian professional tennis player. A former world No. 1 in the doubles discipline, she has won six Grand Slam titles in her career. From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the WTA as India's No. 1 player in both the categories. Throughout her career, Mirza has established herself as by far the most successful Indian tennis player ever and one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in the country.
In her singles career, Mirza had notable wins over Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva and Marion Bartoli; as well as former world No. 1s Martina Hingis, Dinara Safina, and Victoria Azarenka. She is the highest-ranked female player ever from India, peaking at world No. 27 in mid-2007; however, a major wrist injury forced her to give up her singles career and focus on the doubles circuit. She has achieved a number of firsts for women's tennis in her native country, including surpassing US$1 million in career earnings (in the end over $6.9 million), winning a singles WTA title, and winning six major titles (three each in women's doubles and in mixed doubles), as well as qualifying for (and eventually winning) the WTA Finals in 2014 alongside Cara Black, defending the title the following year partnering with Martina Hingis.
In addition, she is the third Indian woman in the Open Era to feature and win a round at a Grand Slam tournament, and the first to reach the second week. She has also won a total of 14 medals (including 6 gold) at three major multi-sport events, namely the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Afro-Asian Games.
Mirza was named one of the "50 Heroes of Asia" by Time in October 2005. In March 2010, The Economic Times named Mirza in the list of the "33 women who made India proud". She was appointed as the UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia during the event held to mark the International Day To End Violence Against Women on 25 November 2013. She was named in Time magazine's 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Mirza was born to Imran Mirza,a sports journalist and his wife Nasima in Mumbai, India. She was brought up in Hyderabad in a Muslim family. Mirza began playing tennis at the age of six, turning professional in 2003. She was trained by her father and other family members. She attended Nasr school in Hyderabad and later graduated from St. Mary's College.
Mirza married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on April 12, 2010. Mirza received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the MGR Educational and Research Institute University in Chennai on 2008-12-11. Her niece, Sonia Baig Mirza, studies there.
In April 2003, Mirza made her debut in the India Fed Cup team, winning all three singles matches. She also won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls' Doubles title, teaming up with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.
Mirza is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 18 in doubles. She is the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam tennis tournament. She was the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2005 U.S. Open, defeating Mashona Washington, Maria Elena Camerin and Marion Bartoli. In winning, with Mahesh Bhupathi, the mixed doubles event at the 2009 Australian Open, she became the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam title.
In 2005, Mirza reached the third round of the Australian Open, losing to the champion Serena Williams. On February 12, 2005, she became the first Indian woman to win a WTA singles title, beating Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine in the Hyderabad Open Finals. At the 2006 Doha Asian Games, Mirza won the silver in the women's singles category and the gold in the mixed doubles partnering Leander Paes. She was also part of the Indian women's team that won the silver in the team event.
In 2006, Mirza was awarded a Padma Shri, India's fourth highest honor for her achievements as a tennis player.
Mirza had had the best results of her career during the 2007 summer hardcourt season, finishing eighth in the 2007 U.S. Open Series standings. She reached the final of the Bank of the West Classic and won the doubles event with Shahar Pe'er, and reached the quarterfinals of the Tier 1 Acura Classic.
At the 2007 U.S. Open, she reached the third round before losing to Anna Chakvetadze for the third time in recent weeks. She fared much better in the doubles, reaching the quarterfinals in mixed with her partner Mahesh Bhupathi and the quarterfinals in the women's doubles with Bethanie Mattek, including a win over number two seeds Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur.
Mirza reached the quarter-finals at Hobart as No. 6 seed. She lost to Flavia Pennetta in three sets. She reached the third round at the Australian Open as No.31 seed, where she lost to No.8 seed Venus Williams 7-6(0) 6-4, having led 5-3 in the first set. She was runner-up in the Australian Open mixed doubles partnering Mahesh Bhupathi. Sun Tiantian and Nenad Zimonjić won the final 7–6(4), 6–4.
She withdrew from Pattaya City because of a left adductor strain.
At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, as No.32 seed, Mirza was defeated by qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 6-0, 4-6, 9-7, having had several match points.
Mirza was eliminated in the first round of the 2008 Beijing Olympics when she retired in her match against Iveta Benešová because of a right wrist injury. Throughout 2008, Mirza was plagued by a slew of wrist injuries, requiring her to withdraw from several matches and the Roland Garros and US Open Grand Slams.
Mirza picked up her first Grand Slam title at the 2009 Australian Open. Partnered with Mahesh Bhupathi, she won the mixed doubles title beating Nathalie Dechy (France) and Andy Ram (Israel) 6-3, 6-1 in the final in Melbourne. She then entered the Pattaya Women's Open Tournament in Bangkok where she reached the finals after a string of good performances. She lost the finals to Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-1. She made the semis in doubles in the same tournament.
Mirza then competed in the BNP Paribas Open where she lost in the second round to Flavia Pennetta. She then participated in the Miami Masters and lost to Mathilde Johansson of France in the first round. Mirza and her doubles partner Chia-jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei made the semifinals of the doubles event. Mirza lost in the first round of the MPS Group Championships but won the doubles title with Chuang. She lost in the first round at Roland Garros, losing to Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva. She also lost in the second round of the doubles (with Chuang) and mixed doubles (with Mahesh Bhupathi). She participated in the 2009 AEGON Classic and reached the semifinals, losing to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 3-6,6-0,6-3, who later won the title.
Mirza defeated Anna-Lena Gronefeld in the first round of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. She then fell to #28 Sorana Cîrstea in the second round. She competed in and won the Lexington Challenger event, defeating top seed Julie Coin of France in the final. She also reached the final of the ITF event in Vancouver but lost to Stephanie Dubois of Canada. Playing in the U.S Open, she defeated Olga Govortsova in the first round but lost 6-0, 6-0 to 10th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy. She also lost in the second round of the doubles event (partnering Francesca Schiavone) to Shahar Peer and Gisela Dulko.
Mirza successfully qualified for the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo but lost in the first round to Zheng Jie. Mirza won the first set but could not hold the lead, later losing to the Chinese player 7-5, 2-6, 3-6.
At Osaka, Mirza won her first round match against 5th seed Shahar Peer 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Mirza then defeated Viktoriya Kutuzova 6-4, 6-3 and in the quarterfinal she defeated 2nd seed Marion Bartoli 6-4, 2-0 by retirement. Bartoli conceded her match and Mirza moved on to the semifinal to meet 4th seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy.
Wins (1 WTA/12 ITF)
She has reached 5 finals; winning 1 at the 2005 Hyderabad Open.
|Legend: Before 2009||Legend: Starting in 2009|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0)|
|WTA Championships (0)|
|Tier I (0)||Premier Mandatory (0)|
|Tier II (2)||Premier 5 (0)|
|Tier III (3)||Premier (0)|
|Tier IV & V (2)||International (1)|
|ITF Circuit (4)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|1.||January 7, 2002||Manila, Philippines||Hard||Radhika Tulpule|| Dong Yanhua
|2.||Mar. 3, 2003||Benin City, Nigeria||Hard||Rebecca Dandeniya|| Franziska Etzel
|3.||Feb. 22, 2004||Hyderabad, India||Hard||Liezel Huber|| Li Ting
|4.||Aug. 15, 2004||London, Great Britain||Hard||Rushmi Chakravarthi|| Anna Hawkins
|5.||Oct. 10, 2004||Lagos, Nigeria||Hard||Shelley Stephens|| Surina De Beer
|6.||February 19, 2006||Bangalore, India||Hard||Liezel Huber|| Anastassia Rodionova
|7.||September 24, 2006||Kolkata, India||Carpet||Liezel Huber|| Yulia Beygelzimer
|8.||May 14, 2007||Fes, Morocco||Clay||Vania King|| Andreea Vanc
|9.||July 22, 2007||Cincinnati, U.S.||Hard||Bethanie Mattek|| Alina Jidkova
|10.||July 29, 2007||Stanford, U.S.||Hard||Shahar Pe'er|| Victoria Azarenka
|11.||August 25, 2007||New Haven, U.S.||Hard||Mara Santangelo|| Cara Black
|12.||April 12, 2009||Ponte Vedra Beach, U.S.||Clay||Chuang Chia-jung|| Květa Peschke
|6–3, 4–6, [10–7]|
Mixed Doubles (1)
|Year||Championship||Partnering||Opponents in Final||Score/Final|
|2009||Australian Open||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Nathalie Dechy
Singles performance timeline
|W||winner||#R||lost in the early rounds||Z#||Davis Cup Zonal Group (number)||B||semifinalist, won bronze medal|
|F||runner-up||RR||lost at round robin stage||PO||Davis Cup play-off||NH||not held|
|SF||semifinalist||Q#||lost in qualification round||G||won Olympic gold medal||NMS||Not a Masters Series event|
|QF||quarterfinalist||A||absent||S||runner-up, won silver medal||NPM||Not a Premier Mandatory or 5 event|
|Update either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the event has ended.|
|NM5||means an event that is neither a Premier Mandatory nor a Premier 5 tournament.|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||3R||1R||2R||3R||2R||0 / 4||7–4|
|French Open||A||A||1R||2R||A||1R||0 / 3||7–3|
|Wimbledon||A||A||1R||A||2R||2R||0 / 3||7–3|
|U.S. Open||A||4R||2R||3R||A||2R||0 / 3||6–3|
|SR||0 / 0||0 / 2||0 / 4||0 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 12||N/A|
|Summer Olympics||A||Not Held||1R||NH||0 / 1||4–2|
|WTA Tour Championships||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments|
|Indian Wells||A||A||4R||SF||A||4R||0 / 2||10–3|
|Miami||A||A||2R||QF||A||QF||0 / 3||8–3|
|Madrid||Not Held||2R||0 / 1||1–1|
|Beijing||Not Tier I||0 / 0||0–0|
|WTA Premier 5 Tournaments|
|Dubai||Not Tier I||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Rome||A||A||A||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Cincinnati||Not Tier I||0 / 0||0–0|
|Montreal/Toronto||A||3R||1R||A||A||0 / 2||2–2|
|Tokyo||A||A||A||2R||1R||0 / 2||1–2|
|Former WTA Tier I Tournaments (currently neither Premier Mandatory nor Premier 5 events)|
|Charleston||A||A||A||3R||A||NM5||0 / 1||1–1|
|Moscow||A||A||1R||A||1R||0 / 2||0–2|
|Doha1||Not Tier I||SF||Not
|0 / 1||4–1|
|Berlin||A||A||SF||2R||A||0 / 2||5–2|
|0 / 0||0–0|
|0 / 0||0–0|
|Year End Ranking||80||57||21||29||23||N/A||N/A|
- A = did not participate in the tournament
- Q = Qualifying round loss
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-8 (quarter finals up to finalist).
- 1As of 2008, Doha is a Tier I tournament, replacing San Diego and Zurich.
- 2 If ITF women's circuit participations are included, overall win-loss record stands at 272-89.
Images for kids
Sania Mirza at the 2010 US Open
Sania Mirza at the 2011 French Open. She reached the finals in Doubles alongside Vesnina
Mirza attained the No. 1 ranking in April and was seeded No. 1 at the French Open with Martina Hingis.
Mirza won her maiden Women's Doubles Grand Slam with Martina Hingis at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships.
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