Sania Mirza is an ace tennis star and one of the best female tennis players that India has ever produced. She was born and raised in Hyderabad. She started playing tennis from a very early age and turned pro even before she turned 18. She started off as a singles player and is the only Indian tennis player to advance till the 4th round of a grand slam in singles.
She couldn’t do much in singles and became a pro in doubles in 2010. She has 42 career titles in doubles including 6 grand slam titles. She currently holds the record for the most doubles titles among active players. She along with Martina Hingis hold a record for 44 straight wins in doubles. She has also won 14 medals including Commonwealth, Asian and Afro-Asian games.
Not just as a senior Sania Mirza has won many titles in junior-level including the women girls doubles title in 2003. She had a dream year in 2006 where she reached the top 30 players in singles. She was also the doubles number 1 player for 2 years in a row. A record 91 weeks in all and that’s a record for an Indian female tennis player.
In singles, she has registered wins against top-seeded players like Victoria Azarenka, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Marion Bartoli, Dinara Safina, and Martina Hingis. She took maternity leave in 2018 and remained out of action for almost two years. She returned in 2020 and is still active and competing at the grand slams. Sania Mirza has also appeared in many commercials and is the highest followed tennis player in Instagram the world. A feat that all Indians should be proud of.
Sania Mirza Net Worth
Sania Mirza has won $7 million as prize money while has made another $10 million from endorsements and other endeavors. She also owns a Sania Mirza Tennis Academy in Hyderabad. Sania Mirza drives BMW X5 and Mercedes Benz. She lives in a luxurious home in Dubai along with her husband.
Sania Mirza Controversy
- She was denied partnering Israeli player Shahar Pe’er fearing that the Indian Muslim community might go against her.
- Sania Mirza marriage with Shoaib Malik created a lot of controversies and also she was removed as the brand ambassador of Telangana as she was termed as the daughter-in-law of Pakistan.
- She was removed as the brand ambassador of many brands after she married Pakistani cricketer Shoiab Malik.
Sania Mirza was born to Imran Mirza and Nasima. She has a younger sister named Anam Mirza. She was linked with Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor in 2008. She was engaged to her childhood friend Sohrab Mirza before marrying Shoiab Malik in 2010. She and Shoiab together have a son named Izhaan Mirza Malik.
Sania Mirza Unknown Facts
- Her nick name is Sani.
- She and Martina Hingis were called as Santina.
- She underwent three surgeries in 2010 and believed that her career is over as she found it difficult to even lift a spoon.
- She claims that she has watched K3G at least 30 times.
- She has won 2 grand slams with Mahesh Bhupathi.
- She and Rohan Bopanna lost the bronze medal match in 2016 Rio Olympics.