Even if you do not follow Tennis, you cannot say you haven’t heard the name-The Beauty, Queen Sania Mirza. The name and the sport goes hand in hand in our country mad about Cricket. Breaking unsurmountable barriers and achieving legendary status, the 33-year-old have inspired not only young girls to take up Tennis but also have assured their parents that is also a viable career option.
Beginning her international career in 1999, the Hyderabad-born got her big break when she partnered Leander Paes for mixed doubles in 2002. She became the first and the only Indian female player to win a grand slam title and also break into the top 30 of WTA singles ranking. She is not only of India’s highest-paid but also one of the most influential sports personalities.
On the occasion of her 33rd birthday, let us take a look at the greatest achievements in Sania Mirza’s career. First Indian woman to win a WTA title, First Indian to reach the fourth round of US Open, First Indian woman to win a grand slam, First Indian woman to win a Wimbledon title, Awards galore for Sania…
Sania was named one of the ’50 Heroes of Asia’ by Time in 2005. She was also named in Time Magazine’s 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The Government of India has honored her with the Arjuna Award (2004), Padma Shri (2006), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2015) and Padma Bhushan (2016).
Once Sania has said, “For a girl to pick up a tennis racquet and to want to be a professional-it was unheard of. People thought it was a joke.” That is surely true. Looking back at her splendid career, the 33-year-old has aced against all odds, pun totally intended. Here is wishing she continues to inspire us all.