Sania Mirza seems to be at the top of her game lately. She has retained her No.1 position in Women’s Doubles with 9370 points, with former partner, Martina Hingis just five points behind the ace-tennis player. Awardee of the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Arjuna Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Mirza has become a champion with a string of victories in the recent past. Her latest win was the Toray Pan Pacific Open with partner Barbora Strykova of the Czech Republic on Saturday. Her winning streak in 2016 continues in the Women’s Doubles category, as this is her eighth title this year; the other seven include the Australian Open, Italian Open, Madrid Open among others.
The reigning queen was unable to clinch an Olympic medal with partner Rahan Bopanna and this led to veteran tennis player Leander Paes’ scathingly commenting on the selection of the team to be sent to the Olympics. Both Bopanna and Mirza took to Twitter to allegedly counter the claims made questioning their capability to win medals for the country.
Despite speculation about her career suffering due to her marriage and injuries, Mirza has emerged as a clear sportsman who does not give up on what she believes in. In her autobiography, which she launched at an event in July this year, Ace Against Odds, she talked about her struggles, controversies, injuries and marriage. Senior journalist, Rajdeep Sardesai was in a bit of a spot where his question irked Mirza yet she retorted in a cool manner, forcing Sardesai to apologise on national television.
Sania Mirza is an inspiration to millions of Indian girls across sports, not only tennis and has often spoken about empowering women to come forward and excel in every field, especially sports which up until recently has been a male-dominated arena in India. PV Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Saina Nehwal and Deepa Malik have won accolades for India and put us on the international map with respect to women athletes.