Sania Mirza (Hindi: सानिया मिर्ज़ा, Saniya Mirza, born 15 November 1986 in Bombay) is an Indian tennis player.
At the age of six years ago Mirza to play tennis. She was trained by her father Imran Mirza.
End of 2001, she first appeared in the world rankings, where they took place 987th By the end of 2004 it improved to 206th place In January 2006 32nd place finished Mirza Your greatest success so far at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the second round at the U.S. Open 2005th
In January 2009 she became the first Indian tennis player a Grand Slam title when she could decide on the side of her doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi the finals of the mixed doubles competition at the Australian Open in Melbourne for themselves. The two defeated Nathalie Dechy (France) and Andy Ram (Israel) in the final 6-3, 6-1.
In India, Mirza won many followers quickly because it is one of the few young, successful Indian athletes. On the basis of their opinion of some Muslim authorities for a Muslim woman to wear revealing clothes on the tennis court she was repeatedly criticized publicly, and in September 2005, a fatwa was even an Islam scholar pronounced.
In January 2008, a photo of Mirza caused a stir in India. The picture that emerged in the Hopman Cup in Perth in 2008, her bare feet are located on an Indian flag, which was interpreted by nationalists as a desecration of the national symbol. But this could not be clarified beyond doubt whether the photograph was not processed subsequently to give this impression.
* 2004: Arjuna Award
* 2006: Padma Shri