Sania Mirza’s name is all set to go down in India’s sporting history! Following her astounding victory at the WTA Family Circle Cup with her legendary partner, Martina Hingis at Charleston, Sania became the first ever Indian to be World’s No. 1 in women’s doubles. She is also, the first female player from the nation to have won the Grand Slam Tournaments.
Having joined the forces in March, Sania-Hingis partnership has created history too. Becoming the world’s number one team in the Race to Singapore, they have been accredited with an array of trophies. Subsequent to their magnificent win at the Indian Wells, they won in Miami, too. In the course of the three tournaments that the partners have played, they lost only three sets in 14 matches.
The smiles just kept coming for Sania, as she praised Hingis for her sheer expertise at playing the game. “I can’t think of a better person to do it with. When we came here we had one thing in mind, to get No.1, and she really helped me get there. She helped me through some tough moments this week. She’s just a great person and a great player. We also become the No.1 team in the world today with this. I hope we have many, many more tournaments and end the year on a high as well,” said the 28-year-old wonder woman of India.
Lauding her achievement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as top ranking sports-persons in the country flooded the micro-blogging site, Twitter, with their congratulatory posts. Where Leander Paes welcomed her to the “Number 1 club”, Virat Kohli tweeted, “First Saina and now @MirzaSania. Indian women conquering the No. 1 spot and making us proud! Congratulations!”
Ironical as it may be, Sania has courted very many controversies in the country. Often on she has been called the “daughter-in-law of Pakistan” because she Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik’s wife. Issuing a statement against such a bigoted title, she said, “I am married to Shoaib Malik, who is from Pakistan. I am an Indian, who will remain an Indian until the end of my life.” The country that always rebuked her for marrying a Pakistani; the country that made numerous attempts at maligning her name is the same that is taking pride in calling her an Indian, today.
Sania Mirza is nothing less than an inspiration to all the young girls who aspire to be a successful tennis player. Even though our country has been quick to reprimand her, she has always brought laurels to the nation. Why? Because in a world of ordinary mortals, she is a wonder woman!
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