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Sania Mirza Biography, Height, Age, Husband, Children, Family, & More

Sania Mirza is an Indian professional tennis player. A former doubles world No. 1, she has won six Grand Slam titles in her career. From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the Women's Tennis Association as India's No. 1 player.

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Husband: Shoaib Malik
Nickname: Sam
Age: 34 Years
Sania Mirza Biography
Sania Mirza Biography
Sania Mirza Biography
Full Name Sania Mirza Malik
Nickname Sam
Profession Tennis Player
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) centimeters– 173 cm
meters– 1.73 m
feet inches– 5’ 8”
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Dark Brown
Tennis
Turned pro February 2003
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Imran Mirza (her father) and Roger Anderson
Career Titles (Singles) 1 WTA, 14 ITF
Career Titles (Doubles) 41 WTA, 4 ITF
Career Titles (Mixed Doubles) 3
Highest Ranking (Singles) No. 27 (27 August 2007)
Highest Ranking (Doubles) No. 1 (13 April 2015)
Awards, Honours, Achievements 2004: Arjuna Award
2005: WTA Newcomer of the Year
2006: Padma Shri
2015: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
sania-mirza_Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
2016: Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
2016: Global Icon of the Year at 2016 NRI of the Year Awards, New Delhi
2020: On 11 May, she became the first Indian to win the Fed Cup Heart Award.
Sania win the Fed Cup Heart Award
Personal Life
Date of Birth 15 November 1986
Age (as in 2020) 34 Years
Birthplace Mumbai, India
Zodiac sign Scorpio
Signature Indian-Celebrity-Autographs
Nationality Indian
Hometown Hyderabad, India
School Nasr School (a private school chain in Khairatabad, Hyderabad)
College/University St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad
Educational Qualification Graduate
Religion Islam
Caste/Sect Sunni Muslim
Food Habit Non-Vegetarian
Address She resides in a house in Hyderabad’s Film Nagar
Hobbies Swimming, Listening to Music, Travelling
Controversies • In 2006, some newspapers reported that she declined to play doubles with the Israeli tennis player Shahar Pe’er for fear of protests from India’s Muslim community. However, she teamed up with Pe’er at the 2007 WTA Tour of Stanford, California.

• In 2008, Mirza was pictured sitting with her feet resting on a table next to an Indian flag. Following a huge criticism for this act, Mirza announced that she will stop appearing in tennis competitions in her native country. She had been at the center of disputes involving her dress and disrespecting India’s national flag.

• After Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi declined to play in the men’s doubles event at the 2012 Olympics with Leander Paes, Paes demanded Mirza be his partner for the mixed doubles event. However, Sania wanted to play with Mahesh Bhupathi and accused the All India Tennis Association (AITA) of using her as ‘bait’ to keep Paes happy. In the end, the duo of Mirza and Paes lost in the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles.

• At the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony Parade in 2008, she was photographed violating the dress code.

• She has often been referred to as “Pakistan’s daughter-in-law” in a sarcastic way for being married to a Pakistani cricketer- Shoaib Malik.

• In June 2019, she had a war of words on Twitter with the Pakistani actress Veena Malik. After a video was circulated on Twitter, showing Sania Mirza’s son Izhaan with his parents and some members of the Pakistan cricket team at a “sheesha place,” Veena Malik commented- “Sania, I am actually so worried for the kid. You guys took him to a sheesha place isn’t it Hazardous? Also as far as I know Archie’s is all about junk food which isn’t good for athletes/Boys. You must know well as you are mother and athlete yourself?” In reply, Sania said that she cares about her son a “lot more than anyone else does.”
Sania_tweet_lot more than anyone else does

Relationships & More
Marital Status Married
Affairs/Boyfriends Shoaib Malik
Ex-fiance Sohrab Mirza (Sania Mirza’s childhood friend)
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Marriage Date 12 April 2010
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Marriage Place The Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad
Family
Husband/Spouse Shoaib Malik (Cricketer)
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Children Son– Izhaan Mirza Malik (born in October 2018)
Son
Daughter– None
Parents Father– Imran Mirza (a sports journalist)
Father
Mother– Nasima Mirza
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Siblings Brother– None
Sister– Anam Mirza (The owner of the fashion outlet The Label Bazaar)
sania-mirza-Sister
Favorite Things
Sports Cricket and Swimming
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh
Tennis Player(s) Roger Federer, Martina Hingis
Food Biryani
Dessert Ice Cream
Actor(s) Shah Rukh KhanSalman KhanAkshay Kumar
Actress Madhuri Dixit
Film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Singer(s) Atif Aslam, Arijit Singh
Travel Destination(s) Dubai, Maldives
Style Quotient
Cars Collection • Fiat Palio (signed by Sachin Tendulkar)
• Toyota Supra
• BMW
• Porsche
• Range Rover
sania-Cars Collection
Sania Mirza Biography
Sania Mirza Biography

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sania Mirza Biography

  • Does Sania Mirza smoke?: No
  • Does Sania Mirza drink alcohol?: No
  • Sania Mirza was born into a Hyderabadi Muslim Family in Bombay ( now, Mumbai).
    The Infant Sania Mirza In Her Mother’s Lap
    The Infant Sania Mirza In Her Mother’s Lap
  • The Mirza Family had migrated to the US in 1990 and returned within two years.
  • In an interview, Sania’s father, Imran Mirza, who had also played tennis in his college days, revealed that they were more of a cricketing family, where everyone had played cricket at some level at some point in their lives.
  • Sania’s father has been a sports journalist who also ran a sports magazine called “Sports Call” in Hyderabad.
    Sania Mirza’s Father Reading The Sports Magazine Sports Call
    Sania Mirza’s Father Reading The Sports Magazine Sports Call
  • Thereafter, her father ventured into the printing press business and finally became a builder.
  • Sania grew up in Hyderabad along with her younger sister Anam.
    Sania Mirza With Her Younger Sister Anam In Their Childhood
    Sania Mirza With Her Younger Sister Anam In Their Childhood
  • She passed her SSC examination with first division; securing 63% marks from Nasr School Khairatabad.
    Sania Mirza In Her Childhood
    Sania Mirza In Her Childhood
  • It was her father, Imran Mirza, who had drawn Sania to Lawn Tennis, and she started playing tennis at the tender age of six at Nizam Club Hyderabad.
  • Sania received her initial training in tennis by CK Bhupathi, father of Mahesh Bhupathi.
  • When her father was unable to bear the expenses of her training, he approached some business houses for help; thereafter, GVK industries and Adidas started to sponsor her from the age of 12 years.
  • Later on, Sania’s father took over as her coach and started grooming her to make her a player at the international level.
    Imran Mirza Working With Sania On Court
    Imran Mirza Working With Sania On Court
  • After learning professional tennis at Sinnet Tennis Academy in Secunderabad, Sania moved to the Ace Tennis Academy in the United States.
  • She won 10 singles and 13 doubles titles as a junior player.
    Sania Mirza In Her Childhood
    Sania Mirza In Her Childhood
  • Partnering with Alisa Kleybanova, Sania Won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls’ Doubles title.
    Sania Mirza With Alisa Kleybanova
    Sania Mirza With Alisa Kleybanova
  • She went on to reach the semifinals of the 2003 US Open Girls’ Doubles and the quarterfinals of the 2002 US Open Girls’ Doubles.
  • On the senior circuit, the 15-year-old Sania had some significant wins such as in Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, and Manila, Philippines.
  • However, when she was given a wild card entry at the AP Tourism Hyderabad Open; her first-ever WTA tournament, she lost to Australia’s Evie Dominikovic.
  • Her first taste of success at the international level was when she partnered with Leander Paes to win a bronze medal in the mixed doubles event of the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.
    Sania Mirza With Leander Paes
    Sania Mirza With Leander Paes
  • Thereafter, Sania Mirza went on to pick up four gold medals at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad.
  • Sania won her first WTA doubles title the 2004 AP Tourism Hyderabad Open, partnering Liezel Huber.
    Sania Mirza Greeting Liezel Huber
    Sania Mirza Greeting Liezel Huber
  • On the ITF Circuit, Sania won six ITF singles titles in 2004.
  • In the 2005 Australian Open, she reached the third round after beating Cindy Watson and Petra Mandula in the first and second rounds, respectively. However, in the third round, she was beaten in straight sets by Serena Williams.
    Sania Mirza And Serena Williams
    Sania Mirza And Serena Williams
  • When Sania defeated the ninth-seeded Alona Bondarenko in the final of the AP Tourism Hyderabad Open in February 2005, she became the first-ever Indian woman to win a WTA title.
    Sania Mirza Celebrating Her Win Over Alona Bondarenko
    Sania Mirza Celebrating Her Win Over Alona Bondarenko
  • In the same year, she became the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament at the US Open.
  • After a successful 2005 season, Sania Mirza was named the WTA Newcomer of the Year.
    Sania Mirza wins the WTA Newcomer of the year award
    Sania Mirza wins the WTA Newcomer of the year award
  • When Sania was seeded at the 2006 Australian Open, she became the first female Indian to be seeded in a grand slam event.
  • At the 2006 Doha Asian Games, Mirza picked three medals- gold, in mixed doubles, and silver in women’s singles and team.
    Sania Mirza At The Doha Asian Games
    Sania Mirza At The Doha Asian Games, Sania Mirza Biography
  • In the same year, Sania had three top-ten wins against Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, and Martina Hingis.
  • The year 2007, proved to be a successful year for Sania; as she reached her highest singles ranking of world No. 27 in the same year. The same year, she also won four doubles titles.
  • Mirza represented India at the 2008 Summer Olympics. However, she was eliminated from singles after having a right wrist injury. The injury also caused her to withdraw from several other matches including those of the French Open and US Open Grand Slams.
    Sania Mirza During The Opening Ceremony Of The 2008 Beijing Olympics
    Sania Mirza During The Opening Ceremony Of The 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • At the 2010 Asian Games, Mirza won Bronze Medal in singles and a silver in mixed doubles, partnering with India’s Vishnu Vardhan.
    Sania Mirza With Vishnu Vardhan At The 2010 Asian Games
    Sania Mirza With Vishnu Vardhan At The 2010 Asian Games
  • In the 2011 French Open, Mirza had probably the greatest highlight of her career- reaching the finals of a Grand Slam.
    Sania Mirza At The 2011 French Open
    Sania Mirza At The 2011 French Open
  • Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi won the French Open Mixed Doubles Crown on 7 June 2012.
    Sania Mirza And Mahesh Bhupathi After Winning The 2012 French Open In Mixed Doubles
    Sania Mirza And Mahesh Bhupathi After Winning The 2012 French Open In Mixed Doubles
  • In 2014, the Telangana Government appointed Sania Mirza as the brand ambassador of the state.
    Sania Mirza As The Brand Ambassador Of The Telangana State
    Sania Mirza As The Brand Ambassador Of The Telangana State
  • In the same year, she became the first South Asian woman to be appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia.
    Sania Mirza As The UN Ambassador
    Sania Mirza As The UN Ambassador, Sania Mirza Biography
  • In 2015, Sania Mirza paired up with Swiss legend Martina Hingis. The duo went on to have many significant wins including the Family Circle Cup, a victory that made history; making Mirza the first Indian to be ranked world No. 1 in WTA’s doubles rankings. On her win, Sania said-

    It’s a dream for every kid to be No. 1 one day.”

    Sania Mirza Celebrating Her No.1 WTA Ranking With Martina Hingis
    Sania Mirza Celebrating Her No.1 WTA Ranking With Martina Hingis
  • At the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, Mirza won her maiden women’s doubles Grand Slam with Hingis.
  • In August 2016, the duo of Hingis and Mirza announced their mutual decision to split as a team. However, both are still good friends.
    Sania Mirza Having A Fun Time With Martina Hingis
    Sania Mirza Having A Fun Time With Martina Hingis
  • After her split with Hingis, Mirza struggled to find a committed partner.
  • In 2016, Time Magazine named Mirza on the list of 100 most influential people in the world.
    Sania Mirza On The Cover Of Time Magazine
    Sania Mirza On The Cover Of Time Magazine
  • In July 2016, Sania Mirza published an autobiography titled “Ace Against Odds.”
    Sania Mirza At The Launch Of Her Autobiography Ace Against Odds
    Sania Mirza At The Launch Of Her Autobiography Ace Against Odds
  • Due to a knee injury, Mirza missed the first few tournaments of the 2018 season.
    Sania Mirza Struggling With Her Knee Injury
    Sania Mirza Struggling With Her Knee Injury
  • In April 2018, Sania Mirza announced on her Instagram account that she was pregnant with her first child, with her husband Shoaib Malik.
    Sania Mirza Showing Her Baby Bumps
    Sania Mirza Showing Her Baby Bumps
  • In October 2018, she gave birth to a baby boy and named him Izhaan.
  • In 2010, Google trends said that Sania Mirza was the most searched Indian sportsperson that year.
  • On 18 January 2020, Sania made a comeback and won her 42nd WTA doubles title at the Hobart International after taking a break from tennis after the China Open in October 2017 and giving birth to her son a year later.

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