Author, Rishika Jain
On Friday, Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza officially announced her retirement on social media. However, Sania will be seen playing at the Australian Open starting at January 16 and then at Dubai Tennis Championships 20213 in February. The six time Grand Slam title winner Mirza has left behind a glorious career of around 22 years in world Tennis with her decision to retire due to fitness issue. Let us have a look at Mirza’s life and professional career from the very beginning.
On November 15, 1986 in Mumbai. Imran Mirza and Nazeema became parents by accoucement of a baby girl named Sania Mirza. Imran Mirza was a sports journalist & his wife was in a printing buisness. After her birth, they shifted to Hyderabad where Sania and her younger sister Anam were raised. Mohammad Azharuddin, son of former Cricket player Mohammad Asaduddin was married to Anam.
Sania Mirza completed her schooling from Nasr School, Hyderabad and later graduated from St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad. On December 11, 2008 she received her degree of Doctor of letters in Chennai from the Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute. Then on April 12, 2010, she got married to Shoaib Malik, a Pakistani cricketer in Hyderabad at Taj Krishna Hotel with all traditions and rituals of Hyderabadi Muslim ceremony. They held their reception in Sialkot, Pakistan. Their wedding became such a hot topic of that time that Mirza became the most google searched Indian sportsperson. In 2018, the couple gave birth to their first child, Izhaan Mirza Malik.
Her career journey started with her father’s training at the age of six. As a junior player, she marked her name by winning 10 singles and 13 doubles titles. Along with this in 2003, she also became the winner of Wimbledon Championships & the Afro-Asian Games. In 2004, she grabbed 6 ITF single titles & also became the first India woman to hold WTA doubles titles. Next year, she became the WTA Newcomer of the year. In 2006, at Doha Asian Games she won 3 medals, gold & silver in mixed doubles & women’s teams & singles respectively. In the same year, she also became the first ever Indian woman to get planted in the grand slam event. The year 2007 saw her career peak when she won 4 double titles & got no. 27 ranking in singles. In 2009 & 2011 she grabbed Australian Open & Premier Mandatory titles respectively.
By partnering with different partners in 2013, she won 5 WTA titles & also grabbed the title of Dubai Championship doubles. She won the Portugal Open doubles title in 2014 and also grabbed a gold and bronze medal at the 17th Asian Games in South Korea. Mirza won her biggest title with Black at the WTA Finals. In 2018, she went on maternity leave & made an enthusiastic comeback in 2020.
In her whole journey, she faced many ups & downs, many wins & defeats but she worked hard & became India’s top tennis star, THE SANIA MIRZA.
Rishika Jain is a student of Delhi School of Journalism, University of Delhi. Views are personal.