Sania Mirza

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Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza at Citi Open Tennis July 30, 2011.jpg
 Mirza playing in the 2011 Citi Open
Full name Sania Mirza
Country  India
Residence Hyderabad, India
Born 15 November 1986 (1986-11-15) (age 28)
Bombay, India
(now Mumbai)
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb; 9 st 0 lb)
College St. Mary's College[1]
Yousufguda, Hyderabad
Turned pro 3 February 2003
Retired Active
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$2,863,624[2]
Official website http://www.saniamirza.com/
Singles
Career record 271–161
Career titles 1 WTA, 14 ITF
Highest ranking No. 27 (27 August 2007)
Current ranking No. 586 (18 March 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2005, 2008)
French Open 2R (2007, 2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)
US Open 4R (2005)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2008)
Doubles
Career record 266–145
Career titles 16 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 7 (30 January 2012)
Current ranking No. 18 (18 March 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2012)
French Open F (2011)
Wimbledon SF (2011)
US Open QF (2007)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2008)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (2009)
French Open W (2012)
Wimbledon QF (2011, 2013)
US Open QF (2007, 2012)
Other Mixed Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games QF (2012)

Last updated on: 18 March 2013.

Sania Mirza
Medal record
Women's Tennis
Asian Games
Gold 2006 Doha Mixed Doubles
Silver 2006 Doha Singles
Silver 2006 Doha Team

Sania Mirza (Urdu: ثانیہ مرزا), born November 15, 1986,[3] is an Indian tennis player. She began her tennis career in 2003. In 2004 she was given the Arjuna award by the Indian Government. She is known for her powerful forehand ground strokes.

Early life[change | change source]

Mirza was born to Imran Mirza,a sports journalist and his wife Nasima in Mumbai, India. She was brought up in Hyderabad in a Muslim family.[4] Mirza began playing tennis at the age of six, turning professional in 2003. She was trained by her father and other family members. She attended Nasr school in Hyderabad and later graduated from St. Mary's College.[5][6]

Personal life[change | change source]

Mirza married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on April 12, 2010.[7][8] Mirza received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the MGR Educational and Research Institute University in Chennai on 2008-12-11.[9] Her niece, Sonia Baig Mirza, studies there.

Career[change | change source]

In April 2003, Mirza made her debut in the India Fed Cup team, winning all three singles matches. She also won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls' Doubles title, teaming up with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.

Mirza is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 18 in doubles. She is the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam tennis tournament. She was the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2005 U.S. Open, defeating Mashona Washington, Maria Elena Camerin and Marion Bartoli. In winning, with Mahesh Bhupathi, the mixed doubles event at the 2009 Australian Open, she became the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam title.

In 2005, Mirza reached the third round of the Australian Open, losing to the champion Serena Williams. On February 12, 2005, she became the first Indian woman to win a WTA singles title, beating Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine in the Hyderabad Open Finals. At the 2006 Doha Asian Games, Mirza won the silver in the women's singles category and the gold in the mixed doubles partnering Leander Paes. She was also part of the Indian women's team that won the silver in the team event.

In 2006, Mirza was awarded a Padma Shri, India's fourth highest honor for her achievements as a tennis player.[10]

Mirza had had the best results of her career during the 2007 summer hardcourt season, finishing eighth in the 2007 U.S. Open Series standings. She reached the final of the Bank of the West Classic and won the doubles event with Shahar Pe'er, and reached the quarterfinals of the Tier 1 Acura Classic.

At the 2007 U.S. Open, she reached the third round before losing to Anna Chakvetadze for the third time in recent weeks. She fared much better in the doubles, reaching the quarterfinals in mixed with her partner Mahesh Bhupathi and the quarterfinals in the women's doubles with Bethanie Mattek, including a win over number two seeds Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur.

2008[change | change source]

Mirza reached the quarter-finals at Hobart as No. 6 seed. She lost to Flavia Pennetta in three sets. She reached the third round at the Australian Open as No.31 seed, where she lost to No.8 seed Venus Williams 7-6(0) 6-4, having led 5-3 in the first set. She was runner-up in the Australian Open mixed doubles partnering Mahesh Bhupathi. Sun Tiantian and Nenad Zimonjić won the final 7–6(4), 6–4.

She withdrew from Pattaya City because of a left adductor strain.

Mirza reached the 4r at Indian Wells as No.21 seed, defeating No.9 seed Shahar Pe'er en route, but lost to No.5 seed Daniela Hantuchová.

At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, as No.32 seed, Mirza was defeated by qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 6-0, 4-6, 9-7, having had several match points.

Mirza was eliminated in the first round of the 2008 Beijing Olympics when she retired in her match against Iveta Benešová because of a right wrist injury. Throughout 2008, Mirza was plagued by a slew of wrist injuries, requiring her to withdraw from several matches and the Roland Garros and US Open Grand Slams.

2009[change | change source]

Mirza picked up her first Grand Slam title at the 2009 Australian Open. Partnered with Mahesh Bhupathi, she won the mixed doubles title beating Nathalie Dechy (France) and Andy Ram (Israel) 6-3, 6-1 in the final in Melbourne. She then entered the Pattaya Women's Open Tournament in Bangkok where she reached the finals after a string of good performances. She lost the finals to Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-1. She made the semis in doubles in the same tournament.

Mirza then competed in the BNP Paribas Open where she lost in the second round to Flavia Pennetta. She then participated in the Miami Masters and lost to Mathilde Johansson of France in the first round. Mirza and her doubles partner Chia-jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei made the semifinals of the doubles event. Mirza lost in the first round of the MPS Group Championships but won the doubles title with Chuang. She lost in the first round at Roland Garros, losing to Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva. She also lost in the second round of the doubles (with Chuang) and mixed doubles (with Mahesh Bhupathi). She participated in the 2009 AEGON Classic and reached the semifinals, losing to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 3-6,6-0,6-3, who later won the title.

Mirza defeated Anna-Lena Gronefeld in the first round of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. She then fell to #28 Sorana Cîrstea in the second round. She competed in and won the Lexington Challenger event, defeating top seed Julie Coin of France in the final. She also reached the final of the ITF event in Vancouver but lost to Stephanie Dubois of Canada. Playing in the U.S Open, she defeated Olga Govortsova in the first round but lost 6-0, 6-0 to 10th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy. She also lost in the second round of the doubles event (partnering Francesca Schiavone) to Shahar Peer and Gisela Dulko.

Mirza successfully qualified for the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo but lost in the first round to Zheng Jie. Mirza won the first set but could not hold the lead, later losing to the Chinese player 7-5, 2-6, 3-6.

At Osaka, Mirza won her first round match against 5th seed Shahar Peer 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Mirza then defeated Viktoriya Kutuzova 6-4, 6-3 and in the quarterfinal she defeated 2nd seed Marion Bartoli 6-4, 2-0 by retirement. Bartoli conceded her match and Mirza moved on to the semifinal to meet 4th seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Career finals[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

Wins (1 WTA/12 ITF)[change | change source]

She has reached 5 finals; winning 1 at the 2005 Hyderabad Open.

Sania Mirza at the 2007 Australian Open, during her first-round women's doubles match

Doubles[change | change source]

Wins (12)[change | change source]

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0) Premier Mandatory (0)
Tier II (2) Premier 5 (0)
Tier III (3) Premier (0)
Tier IV & V (2) International (1)
ITF Circuit (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. January 7, 2002 Manila, Philippines Hard India Radhika Tulpule People's Republic of China Dong Yanhua
People's Republic of China Zhang Yao
6–4, 6–3
2. Mar. 3, 2003 Benin City, Nigeria Hard United Kingdom Rebecca Dandeniya Germany Franziska Etzel
Austria Christina Obermoser
6–3, 6–0
3. Feb. 22, 2004 Hyderabad, India Hard South Africa Liezel Huber People's Republic of China Li Ting
People's Republic of China Sun Tiantian
7–6, 6–4
4. Aug. 15, 2004 London, Great Britain Hard India Rushmi Chakravarthi United Kingdom Anna Hawkins
South Africa Nicole Rencken
6–3, 6–2
5. Oct. 10, 2004 Lagos, Nigeria Hard New Zealand Shelley Stephens South Africa Surina De Beer
South Africa Chanelle Scheepers
6–1, 6–4
6. February 19, 2006 Bangalore, India Hard South Africa Liezel Huber Russia Anastassia Rodionova
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–3, 6–3
7. September 24, 2006 Kolkata, India Carpet South Africa Liezel Huber Ukraine Yulia Beygelzimer
Ukraine Yuliana Fedak
6–4, 6–0
8. May 14, 2007 Fes, Morocco Clay United States Vania King Romania Andreea Vanc
Russia Anastassia Rodionova
6–1, 6–2
9. July 22, 2007 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard United States Bethanie Mattek Russia Alina Jidkova
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
7–6(4), 7–5
10. July 29, 2007 Stanford, U.S. Hard Israel Shahar Pe'er Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Anna Chakvetadze
6–4, 7–6(5)
11. August 25, 2007 New Haven, U.S. Hard Italy Mara Santangelo Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
6–2, 6–2
12. April 12, 2009 Ponte Vedra Beach, U.S. Clay Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung Czech Republic Květa Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond
6–3, 4–6, [10–7]

Mixed Doubles (1)[change | change source]

Wins (1)[change | change source]

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score/Final
2009 Australian Open India Mahesh Bhupathi France Nathalie Dechy
Israel Andy Ram
6–3, 6–1

Singles performance timeline[change | change source]

Template:Performance timeline legend

NM5 means an event that is neither a Premier Mandatory nor a Premier 5 tournament.
Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR Career
Win-Loss
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 3R 1R 2R 3R 2R 0 / 4 7–4
French Open A A 1R 2R A 1R 0 / 3 7–3
Wimbledon A A 1R A 2R 2R 0 / 3 7–3
U.S. Open A 4R 2R 3R A 2R 0 / 3 6–3
SR 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 12 N/A
Win-Loss 0–0 2–2 9–4 5–2 4–3 1-1 N/A 21–12
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held 1R NH 0 / 1 4–2
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A 4R SF A 4R 0 / 2 10–3
Miami A A 2R QF A QF 0 / 3 8–3
Madrid Not Held 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Beijing Not Tier I 0 / 0 0–0
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Tier I 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Rome A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati Not Tier I 0 / 0 0–0
Montreal/Toronto A 3R 1R A A 0 / 2 2–2
Tokyo A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Former WTA Tier I Tournaments (currently neither Premier Mandatory nor Premier 5 events)
Charleston A A A 3R A NM5 0 / 1 1–1
Moscow A A 1R A 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Doha1 Not Tier I SF Not
Held
0 / 1 4–1
Berlin A A SF 2R A 0 / 2 5–2
San Diego1 A A A A Not
Held
0 / 0 0–0
Zürich1 A A A A Not
Tier I
0 / 0 0–0
Career Statistics
Tournaments Won 1 0 0 0 1 0 N/A 2
Runner-up 0 1 1 0 0 2 N/A 4
Overall Win-Loss 6–1 23–14 40–21 23–13 29–15 21–10 N/A 127–632
Year End Ranking 80 57 21 29 23 N/A N/A
  • A = did not participate in the tournament
  • Q = Qualifying round loss

Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-8 (quarter finals up to finalist).

  • 1As of 2008, Doha is a Tier I tournament, replacing San Diego and Zurich.
  • 2 If ITF women's circuit participations are included, overall win-loss record stands at 272-89.

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