Sania Mirza, India's first tennis superstar, turns 32 on November 15. (Image credit: Twitter)
Sania Mirza is truly a phenomenon when it comes to Indian Tennis. Mirza was the highest-ranked female player ever from India, peaking at world No. 27 in singles in mid-2007 before a major wrist injury forced her to give up her singles career and focus on the doubles circuit.
Mirza is celebrating her 32nd birthday and social media has been generous with praises for India’s first superstar in tennis. From politicians to film personalities, everyone has wished Mirza on her birthday.
Wish you a very happy birthday to great Indian professional tennis player. A former world No. 1 in the doubles discipline . God bless you 🎉🎉💐@MirzaSania @saniamirzaFC @saniamirza_ @saniamirza @troika4885 @livetennis pic.twitter.com/gkwCNzRhf7— Tadka RJ Aman (@RjAman74150800) November 15, 2018
Wishing you a very happy birthday @MirzaSania. Enjoy your motherhood. Have a happy and blessed life ahead.— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 15, 2018
Mirza holds plenty of records when it comes to India in Tennis. Apart from being the highest-ranked singles player from the country, she has also achieved tremendous success in doubles.
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Her first major title came in the mixed doubles tournament in 2009 at the Australian Open when she partnered with Mahesh Bhupathi to clinch the title. She achieved similar success in the 2012 French Open with Bhupathi and 2014 US Open with Brazilian Bruno Soares. However, it was in the doubles and her pairing with Swiss star Martina Hingis that propelled her to great heights.
Her first major success with Hingis came in 2015 when she won the Wimbledon and US Open partnering. Her magnificent run continued as she secured the 2016 Australian Open but they stumbled in the French Open. However, with all the success, the duo surprisingly split later in the year.
In singles, Mirza has had some notable successes. Her best performance came in the US Open in 2005 when she entered the fourth round by defeating Marion Bartoli, who would later go on to win Wimbledon in 2013. In the same year, she secured a magnificent victory over reigning US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the WTA event in Dubai.
Mirza married Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik in 2010 and the duo welcomed a boy in 2018, naming him Izhaan Mirza Malik. Sania is currently taking a break from tennis due to her delivery but she is aiming to come back in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.