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Sania Mirza: Story of India’s Most Popular Tennis Player


There are a few names that come to mind when someone says Tennis in India. Mahesh Bhupati, Ramanathan Krishnan, Vijay Amritraj, Somdev Devvarman, Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna among others would be a guess to some but apart from these, the most prominent name that stands out is Sania Mirza.

“When I wanted to play Wimbledon, they laughed & said, ‘what are you talking about, you’re from Hyderabad, and you’re supposed to cook.'”

-Sania Mirza

She proved everyone wrong!

Do you know Sania Mirza is one of India’s most successful tennis players and has been named in the TIME’s magazine list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2016?

She started playing tennis just to make her free time useful during her summer vacations. And that too when she was 6-year-old!

Interesting, isn’t it? Want to know more about her success story and her biography? Continue reading this post to know everything about Sania Mirza. Starting with highlights about her early life!

Early life

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The Success story of Sania Mirza – Awards & Achievement’s


  • Arjuna Award, 2004
  • WTA Newcomer of the Year, 2005
  • Padma Shri, 2006
  • Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna, 2015
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2015
  • Padma Bhushan, 2016
  • NRI of the Year, 2016



In 2014, the Telangana government-appointed Sania Mirza as the brand ambassador of Telangana State. She was also named in the 2016 Time magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Apart from the above two, her top 5 achievements of her illustrious career are:

  • Won 3 Grand Slam titles in Women’s Doubles
  • Won 3 Mixed Doubles Grand Slams
  • Holds World no.1 ranking in the doubles category
  • Won 14 medals across multi-sports events
  • Achieved UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

Sania Mirza’s biography


Personal life:

On April 12, 2010, she married Cricketer Shoaib Malik at a traditional Muslim wedding ceremony in Hyderabadi in Hyderabad, India, followed by Pakistani wedding tradition. However, their reception was held in Sialkot (Pakistan).

Sania & Shoaib announced their first pregnancy on social media in 2018. In October 2018, Shoaib Malik announced on Twitter that Mirza had given birth to a baby boy and named him Izhaan Mirza Malik.

In Hyderabad, Sania Mirza has established a Tennis academy. Former World’s no. 1 and many Grand Slam winners like Cara Black and Martina Navratilova visit the center on various occasions.

Final Words: How can you be the next Sania?

This was all about the Indian Tennis Champion- Sania Mirza. Sania Mirza’s hard work taught the generation to build a career in sports and to pursue their dreams no matter what the obstacles. Mirza’s unparalleled success in the field also inspired thousands of Indians to take up the game of tennis as a sport and profession in India.

To know how to start your career as a tennis player? Or to know how you can be like Sania! Talk to industry experts & seek career guidance! iDreamCareer experts are always ready to help young minds like you from 9th class, 10th classclass 11, class 12 with an aim to select their most-suited career choices.

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