Sania Mirza (born 15 November 1986 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) is a professional Indian tennis player and the current world No. 1 in women’s doubles. From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as India’s No. 1 player, both in singles and doubles. Throughout her career, she has established herself as one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in India. Mirza is the most successful female Indian tennis player in history and one of the most popular female athletes in Asia. More than a decade after her debut on the tennis-court, she still carries the torch for women’s tennis in the country.
In her singles career, Mirza has notable wins over Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva and Marion Bartoli; as well as former world No. 1s Martina Hingis, Dinara Safina, and Victoria Azarenka. She is the highest ranked female player ever from India, peaking at world No. 27 in singles in mid-2007; however, a major wrist injury forced her to give up her singles career and focus on the doubles circuit, where she is currently ranked world No. 1. She has achieved a number of firsts for her native country, including surpassing US$1 million in career earnings (now over 4 million), winning a Pro-level title, and winning three major mixed doubles titles at the 2009 Australian Open, the 2012 French Open and the 2014 US Open; as well as qualifying for (and eventually winning) the WTA Finals in 2014. In addition, she has won a combined total of 18 titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit (14 singles, 4 doubles), and is also the third Indian woman in the Open Era to feature and win a round at a Grand Slam tournament (going as far as the last 16). On top of that, she has won a total of 14 medals (including 6 Gold) at three major multi-sport events, namely the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Afro-Asian Games.