“‘Game, set, match,’ the chair umpire called. The match was over. They have won but that is not all...She saw her partner Martina Hingis running towards her to congratulate the new number one women’s doubles player in the world. Martina was smiling radiantly with her right forefinger up showing the No. 1 sign. Martina came and hugged her.
“Her entire tennis career flashed before her. She struggled to come to terms with the momentous reality. Injuries and surgeries; autorickshaw rides in the early mornings to reach the court...thrill of winning, disappointment of losing...all swam before her eyes. As if she was seeing her own movie in the court.”
(Courtesy: Ace Against Odds by Imran Mirza, Sania Mirza and Shivani Gupta).
She went on to become the most successful woman tennis player in India. The inspiring story of Sania Mirza could encourage generations of aspiring tennis players in cricket-obsessed India.