Sania Mirza life and biography

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Sania Mirza biography

Date of birth : 1986-11-15
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Mumbai, India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-05-17
Credited as : Professional Tennis player, WTA tour,

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Sania Mirza is a professional Indian tennis player. She began her tennis career in 2003. She is well-known for her powerful forehand ground strokes. She is the first ever Indian to break into the top 30 WTA rankings. Mirza has defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova, Marion Bartoli, Nadia Petrova and Martina Hingis in her career so far from top 10.


Singles Titles
2005: Hyderabad

Doubles Titles
2009: Ponte Vedra Beach
2007: Fès, Cincinnati, Stanford, New Haven
2006: Bangalore, Kolkata
2004: Hyderabad

Mirza started her 2011 ranked World no. 141.

Mirza started her year with the ASB Classic Open in Auckland. She needed one more win to qualify for the tournament, but lost in three sets against Sabine Lisicki. In doubles, she partnered Renata Voracova of Czech Republic and reached the semifinals, but lost to Katarina Srebotnik and Kveta Peschke.

She then competed at the 2011 Australian Open – Women's Singles Qualifying where she won three straight matches to qualify for the main draw. In the first round she went down fighting to former world no. 1 Justine Henin 5–7,6–3,6–1. She partnerd Voracova for doubles but lost in the first round also.

She received a wildcard to play in the Dubai Tennis Championships. She defeated Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-1 in the first round. She lost to qualifier Ayumi Morita in the second. In doubles, she has partnered with Russian Elena Vesnina. They beat Timea Bacsinszky and Iveta Benešová in the opener. Next, they beat Alexandra Dulgheru and Selima Sfar before going down to Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko in the quarterfinals.

Mirza received a wildcard to play at the Qatar Ladies Open. She made quick work of Serbian qualifier Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 7-5. She was crushed by 5th seed Jelena Jankovic 6-0, 6-1 in the second round. In doubles, Mirza paired with Vesnina and won her first Primary Mandatory event of WTA tour after defeating American pair of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy in the final of Indian Wells.

Mirza competed at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open – Women's Singles Qualifying, where she won against Han Xinyun of China and Voracova in first and second round respectively, thus qualified for the main draw. In the first round she defeated world no. 62 Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain by 6-2, 6-4. In the next round Mirza lost to Maria Kirilenko of Russia 5-7,6-3,6-0. Mirza paired with Vesnina and defeated 5th seed Zheng Jie (China) and Chan Yung-jan (Chinese Taipei) by 6-2, 4(10)-6(7), but went down to pair of Daniela Hantuchová (Slovakia) and Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) by 6-4, 6-3 in second round.

Mirza participated at the Premier-level Family Circle Cup in Charleston. In singles, she defeated Alison Riske (Round 1), Vania King (Round 2) and Sabine Lisicki (Round 3), but went down in the Quarter finals in 3 sets fighting against Peng Shuai. In doubles, Mirza has reached the finals along with Vesnina and defeated Liezel Huber & Lisa Raymond (Round 1), Alla Kudryavtseva & Anastasia Rodionova (Round 2) and Peng Shuai & Zheng Jie (Semi finals). The pair beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy for the second time this season in finals 6-4, 6-4. Mirza won her 11 WTA Tour Doubles Title and second of the year.

Next, she competed at the 2011 Madrid Masters, where she won two matches to qualify, but lost in the first round of the main draw against Elena Vesnina. In doubles, she patnered Elena Vesnina, and together they defeated Vera Dushevina & Tatiana Poutchek (Round 1) and Nadia Petrova and Anastasia Rodionova (Round 2), before goind down to Katarina Srebotnik & Kveta Peschke in Round 3.

Coached by her father, Imran
Began playing tennis at age 6
Father, Imran, is a builder, and mother, Naseema, works in printing business; has one sister, Anam
Likes movie Ocean's 11 and actors Brad Pitt and Hugh Grant
Likes listening to hip hop, including Eminem
Also likes playing cricket and swimming
Most admires Gandhi; tennis player most admired is Steffi Graf.

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