Ten things to know about US Open 2015 doubles champion Sania Mirza


NEW DELHI: Ace tennis player Sania Mirza scripted history on Sunday by clinching the second Grand Slam of the year after she won the women’s doubles US Open title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Here are the ten things to know about Sania’s illustrious career:

1.  Sania Mirza has title at all Grand Slams – Wimbledon (2015 – Doubles), US Open (2014 – Mixed doubles), US Open (2015 – doubles), French Open (2012 – Mixed doubles) and Australian Open (2009 – Mixed doubles).

2.  Sania Mirza was conferred with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award last month. Sania became the second tennis player to receive the country’s highest sporting honour after Leander Paes.

3.  The pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis is ranked Numero Uno in the world and they were the top seeds at the 2015 US Open. This is their second Grand Slam of the year after Wimbledon Championship.

4.  Sania Mirza had become India’s first woman player to win a Grand Slam when she won the Australian Open with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009.


5.  The 28-year-old Sania Mirza won her first women’s doubles Major title 12 years after turning professional.

6.  It was 12 years ago, in 2003, when as a 16-year-old Sania became the first Indian girl to win a Grand Slam when she triumphed in the doubles’ event at Wimbledon, partnering Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.

7.  Sania Mirza has also won a total of 14 medals, including 6 golds, at three major multi-sport events, namely the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Afro-Asian Games.

8.  Sania Mirza is the highest ranked female player ever from India, reaching World No. 27 in singles in 2007 but a major wrist injury forced her to give up her singles career and focus on the doubles circuit.

9.  Sania Mirza was awarded the Arjuna award in 2004 while in 2006 she was awarded a Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest honour for her achievements as a tennis player.

10.  Sania Mirza is the first South Asian Woman to be appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of UN Women, in the organization’s history, for South Asia.


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