A view of Sania’s tennis journey!

A view of Sania’s tennis journey!
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Sania Mirza is one of the tennis players in India, though she was a former player, she is still remembered by tennis lovers. To become who she is today, she had gone through a lot of matches and she is the perfect example of the phrase, ‘Practice makes perfect’. Her father was her very first tennis trainer and she started playing tennis when she was 6. But, her professional tennis journey began from 2003. Even though she lost her first ever WTA tournament at Hyderabad Open tournament, she won four gold medals at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad.

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For the next two years, she participated in the upcoming Hyderabad Open tournaments as a wildcard entrant where she lost the first round but won in WTA doubles title at the same event with Liezel Huber. In the ITF Circuit, Mirza lost to Sesil Karatantcheva at the Palm Beach Gardens Challenger and finished in second place. In 2004, Mirza won six ITF singles championships. She advanced to the third round of the 2005 Australian Open after winning matches over Petra Mandula and Cindy Watson in the first and second rounds, respectively. There, Serena Williams, the eventual winner, beat her in straight sets.

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For the next few years, she had participated in tournaments all around the world but her top breakthrough happened when she entered as a doubles participant from 2013 to 2014. Sania along with Mattek-Sands won the Dubai Tennis Championship in February. Mirza won five WTA championships in 2013 while playing with various players. She took a break from tennis from 2017 to 2018 and when she returned, she partnered with Madison Keys and defeated Elise Mertens and Veronika Kudermetova on the quarterfinals of a WTA 1000 level. On Jan 7th, 2023 she retired from tennis after winning the WTA Dubai Championships. Even though there were a lot of failures and life issues, Sania never let any of that stop her.

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