Birth Date: 15/11/1986
Birth Place: Mumbai, India
Resides: Hyderabad, India
Plays: Right Handed
Age Started Tennis: 6
Turned pro: 2003
Sania Mirza has not only been a highly successful professional Indian tennis player but also a celebrated Asian athlete. She has been ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as India’s No.1 player, both in singles and doubles. She has established herself as one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in India. Now concentrating on the doubles circuit, Sania is currently ranked no. 5 in the world.
Career highlights include: winning the mixed doubles crown in the Grand Slams in Australia, France and the US; and making the women’s doubles final in France, as well as the semis at the Grand Slams of the other nations. In 2013 she won 5 WTA titles. In October 2014 Sania and Cara Black won the WTA Finals confirming that she is undoubtedly one of the finest doubles players of recent times.
Sania and Cara Black won their first title of the year at the Portugal Open beating Eva Hrdinova and Valeria Solovyeva 6-4, 6-3. Sania also partnered Bruno Soares in the US Open mixed doubles and the pair went on to become mixed doubles champions. This was the third mixed doubles Grand Slam in her career.
Sania also won a gold and bronze at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. She paired with Saketh Myeni to beat China’s Hsien Yin Peng and Hao-Ching Chan to win gold in the mixed doubles tournament. She also won a bronze medal in women’s doubles tournament, where she paired with Prarthana Thombare.
In October Sania and Cara Black won the WTA Finals – the event of the top-ranked players on the WTA Tour, and easily defeated Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai 6–1, 6–0 in the final.
Year to Date
Sania began the year in great form by firstly reaching the semi-finals of the Brisbane International, partnering Su-Wei Hseih, and a week later won the APIA International, Sydney, partnering Bethanie Mattek-Sands, beating the US pairing of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-3, 6-3. In February she partnered Su-Wei Hseih in Doha, again to play Kops-Jones and Spears in that final, but this time lost 6-4, 6-4. Sania also made the semis of the Australian Open mixed doubles with Bruno Soares. Santa then teamed up with WTA legend Martina Hingis in the Indian Wells/Miami WTA stretch where they took both titles dropping only one set. The pair narrowly missed out on their first Grand Slam together, losing to eventual champions Mattek-Sands and Safarova but the time would come in London at Wimbledon ranked #1 in the world for Sania to take her first Women’s doubles Grand Slam title – a historic moment for the world’s best. The pair then backed this performance up by winning again at the US Open, Guangzhou WTA, Wuhan WTA and finally the Beijing ATP Tour World Finals in Singapore to wrap up an outstanding year ending at the top of the game and cementing herself as a true icon and role model in India.
Sania has been coached by her father, Imran, and Roger Anderson. Her father is a builder and mother, Naseema, works in printing business. Her sister is Anam. In April 2010, she married Shoaib Malik, the former Pakistan cricket captain. She was educated at the prestigious St Mary’s College in Hyderabad. Sania relaxes by watching movies and also listening to music.