MIRZA Sania < Back  
Sport Tennis
CGA India   
Gender Women
Born 15 Nov 1986 in Bombay, IND
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Shoaib Malik, son Izhaan [2018]
Occupation Athlete
Languages Hindi, Urdu, English
Higher education Media and Communications - Osmania University: Hyderabad, IND
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing tennis at age six.
Why this sport? Her main sport as a child was swimming, but her mother began taking her to local tennis courts on the way to swim lessons. She enjoyed herself, so her parents thought she might like to give the sport a try and signed her up for lessons.
Name of coach Cesar Ferrer-Victoria [personal], ESP
Handedness Right
General Interest
Most influential person in career Her parents. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2010)
Hero / Idol Indian civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi, German tennis player Steffi Graf, Swiss tennis player Martina Hingis. (wtatennis.com, 30 May 2016; indianexpress.com, 13 Apr 2015)
Injuries She sustained a calf injury at the 2020 Australian Open. (india.com, 22 Feb 2020)

She suffered a knee injury in October 2017. (indiatimes.com, 14 Feb 2018)

In 2011 she had an injury that kept her out of competition after the US Open. She had to undergo knee surgery for a third time. (dnaindia.com, 07 Jul 2014; nz.sports.yahoo.com, 17 Jan 2012)

She was forced to miss significant time on the court between 2008 and 2010, including retiring in the first round of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, due to a recurring right wrist injury. (nz.sports.yahoo.com, 17 Jan 2012; WTA, 02 Jul 2009)

She had surgery in March 2007 for a knee injury that kept her out of action for a month. (WTA, 28 Sep 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Play a sport if you love it and have a passion for it - never for fame or for money." (parentcircle.com, 25 May 2021)
Awards and honours She received the 2020 Fed Cup Heart Award. (hindustantimes.com, 11 May 2020)

She was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna [India's highest sporting honour] in 2015 and the Padma Bhushan [the third-highest civilian award in India] in 2016. (olympics.com, 18 Jun 2020)

She was named Times of India [TOI] Sportsperson of the Year in 2015. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 31 Dec 2015)

In January 2006 she was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award. (Indian Ministry of Sports, 04 Jun 2006)

She was named Newcomer of the Year of 2005 by the Women's Tennis Association [WTA]. (WTA, 04 Jun 2006)

In 2004 she received an Arjuna Award in India. (Indian Ministry of Sports, 04 Jun 2006)
Milestones In 2015 she became the first Indian tennis player to win a women's doubles Grand Slam title when she was victorious at Wimbledon with partner Martina Hingis. (wtatennis.com, 01 Jan 2019)

In April 2015 she became the first female Indian tennis player to achieve the world number one rank in either singles or doubles, when she climbed to No.1 in women's doubles following her victory alongside Martina Hingis at the 2015 Charleston Open in South Carolina, United States of America. (wtatennis.com, 01 Jan 2021)

In 2005 she became the first Indian tennis player to win a WTA Tour singles title with victory at the Hyderabad Open in India. (wtatennis.com, 01 Jan 2019)
Famous relatives Her husband Shoaib Malik has captained the Pakistan cricket team. (indianexpress.com, 05 May 2016)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sportstar.thehindu.com, 20 Feb 2021)
Other information MEDAL AMBITION
In 2021 she said that although she has no immediate plans to retire from the sport, she is aiming for the podium at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo as she would like to end her career with an Olympic medal. "I will just try to stay healthy, keep myself fit for the challenge of taking part in [the 2020] Olympics, which will be my fourth. Definitely, an Olympic medal is one thing which I feel I am missing in my list of achievements. And, I want to shut this chapter of my life with a medal in Tokyo. I do believe that I have a couple of more years of tennis left in me." (sportstar.thehindu.com, 20 Feb 2021)

She has revealed that she struggled with depression and considered quitting the sport after being forced to retire in the first round of the singles event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing due to injury. "That day - when I had to pull out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics because of a bad wrist injury - I went into depression for three to four months. I remember crying for no reason. I mean, I used to be absolutely fine and then I would just burst into tears. I remember not coming out of my room to even eat a meal for over a month. I felt I will never be able to play tennis again. I am a bit of a control freak, so for me not being able to do something not on my terms was very difficult to digest." (thequint.com, 11 May 2021)

In 2013 she founded the Sania Mirza Tennis Academy with the aim of providing world-class tennis training to Indian players. (saniamirzatennisacademy.com, 31 Dec 2015)