Sania Mirza (born 15 November 1986) is a professional tennis player from India. She is a former world No. 1 in doubles and has won six major titles, three in women's doubles and three in mixed doubles. From 2003 till her retirement from singles in 2013, she was rated as the Indian No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association. 

Sania Mirza Summary

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Soon after her birth, her family went to Hyderabad, where she and her younger sister Anam were raised in a devout Sunni Muslim environment. Anam is married to Mohammad Asaduddin, the son of former India national team captain Mohammad Azharuddin.

Early life

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Sania Mirza began playing tennis at the age of six and went pro in 2003. Her father instructed her. A She also reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 US Open Girls' Doubles and the semifinals of the 2003 US Open Girls' Doubles partnering Sanaa Bhambri. Mirza began to demonstrate early success on the senior circuit when she made her debut on the ITF Circuit as a 15-year-old in April 2001.

Tennis career

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Mirza is an attacking baseliner with a strong groundstroke who is recognized for using her groundstrokes to build up solid attacks. Her key strengths are her forehand and volleying abilities.  Her domineering personality has attracted similarities to Romanian legend Ilie Năstase. [55] She is also an excellent serve returner, with several return victories throughout matches.

Playing style

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Shoaib Malik proposed to Sania Mirza in 2009. The wedding, however, was called off shortly after. She married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on April 12, 2010, in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding ceremony at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad, India, followed by Pakistani wedding traditions for a mahr of 6.1 million (US$137,500).

Personal life

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Mirza served as the brand ambassador for the Indian state of Telangana in 2014, promoting the interests of the newly formed state. In Hyderabad, Mirza has opened a tennis academy. Cara Black and Martina Navratilova, both former world No. 1s and several Grand Slam winners, have each attended the academy on separate occasions.

Activities

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