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Sania Mirza
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Mirza in 2017
Country  India
Residence Hyderabad, India
Born 15 November 1986 (1986-11-15) (age 33)
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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)
Prize money $6,930,345
Singles
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)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2008)
Doubles
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)
Wimbledon W (2015)
US Open W (2015)
Other Doubles tournaments
Championships W (2014, 2015)
Olympic Games 2R (2008)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 3
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.

Early life

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.

Personal life

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.

Career

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.

2008

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.

Mirza reached the 4r at Indian Wells as No.21 seed, defeating No.9 seed Shahar Pe'er en route, but lost to No.5 seed Daniela Hantuchová.

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.

2009

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.

Career finals

Singles

Wins (1 WTA/12 ITF)

She has reached 5 finals; winning 1 at the 2005 Hyderabad Open.

Sania Mirza 2007 Australian Open womens doubles R1
Sania Mirza at the 2007 Australian Open, during her first-round women's doubles match

Doubles

Wins (12)

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 India Radhika Tulpule People's Republic of China Dong Yanhua
People's Republic of China Zhang Yao
6–4, 6–3
2. Mar. 3, 2003 Benin City, Nigeria Hard United Kingdom Rebecca Dandeniya Germany Franziska Etzel
Austria Christina Obermoser
6–3, 6–0
3. Feb. 22, 2004 Hyderabad, India Hard South Africa Liezel Huber People's Republic of China Li Ting
People's Republic of China Sun Tiantian
7–6, 6–4
4. Aug. 15, 2004 London, Great Britain Hard India Rushmi Chakravarthi United Kingdom Anna Hawkins
South Africa Nicole Rencken
6–3, 6–2
5. Oct. 10, 2004 Lagos, Nigeria Hard New Zealand Shelley Stephens South Africa Surina De Beer
South Africa Chanelle Scheepers
6–1, 6–4
6. February 19, 2006 Bangalore, India Hard South Africa Liezel Huber Russia Anastassia Rodionova
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–3, 6–3
7. September 24, 2006 Kolkata, India Carpet South Africa Liezel Huber Ukraine Yulia Beygelzimer
Ukraine Yuliana Fedak
6–4, 6–0
8. May 14, 2007 Fes, Morocco Clay United States Vania King Romania Andreea Vanc
Russia Anastassia Rodionova
6–1, 6–2
9. July 22, 2007 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard United States Bethanie Mattek Russia Alina Jidkova
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
7–6(4), 7–5
10. July 29, 2007 Stanford, U.S. Hard Israel Shahar Pe'er Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Anna Chakvetadze
6–4, 7–6(5)
11. August 25, 2007 New Haven, U.S. Hard Italy Mara Santangelo Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
6–2, 6–2
12. April 12, 2009 Ponte Vedra Beach, U.S. Clay Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung Czech Republic Květa Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond
6–3, 4–6, [10–7]

Mixed Doubles (1)

Wins (1)

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score/Final
2009 Australian Open India Mahesh Bhupathi France Nathalie Dechy
Israel Andy Ram
6–3, 6–1

Singles performance timeline

Performance key
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.
Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR Career
Win-Loss
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
Win-Loss 0–0 2–2 9–4 5–2 4–3 1-1 N/A 21–12
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held 1R NH 0 / 1 4–2
Year-End Championship
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
Held
0 / 1 4–1
Berlin A A SF 2R A 0 / 2 5–2
San Diego1 A A A A Not
Held
0 / 0 0–0
Zürich1 A A A A Not
Tier I
0 / 0 0–0
Career Statistics
Tournaments Won 1 0 0 0 1 0 N/A 2
Runner-up 0 1 1 0 0 2 N/A 4
Overall Win-Loss 6–1 23–14 40–21 23–13 29–15 21–10 N/A 127–632
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.

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