Sania Mirza is a professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in the women’s doubles standings. She played singles from 2003 – 2013, where she was India’s number 1 representative for several years. She has established herself as the most successful female tennis player ever, and is one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in the country. Her singles career was cut somewhat short by a wrist injury that stunted her progress, but she successfully transitioned into doubles and has achieved many firsts for her country such as surpassing the $1 million career earnings total. She won the 2014 WTA Finals in 2014 with Cara Black, and managed to defend the title the following year with Martina Hingis. Her career has also been rewarded with various medals, including 6 golds at the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Afro-Asian Games.
Sania was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, and she attended Nasr School in Hyderabad before graduating from St. Mary’s College.
Mirza has been named as one of the ’50 Heroes of Asia’ by Time magazine, and The Economic Times has named Mirza as one of 33 women who has made India proud. In 2016 she received the prestigious honor of being named in Time magazine’s 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Sania is married to Shaoaib Malik.