By Puneet Chaudhary - January 28, 2023
sports desk29 minutes ago
India’s tennis queen Sania Mirza lost the final of mixed doubles in Australian Open 2023. This was his last Grand Slam match in his tennis career. His tears welled up in the farewell speech after the match. They said, ‘Nothing better than Melbourne to end a Grand Slam career. Thanks to everyone for making me feel at home on the court.
Sania’s journey in the Grand Slam tournament has come to an end. A few days later, she will also play her last professional match. We will know further about when and where this match will take place. Apart from this, Sania’s achievements, luxurious lifestyle, net worth and car collection will also be mentioned in this story. Along with this, we will also know about some controversies from them.
First see Sania Mirza’s achievements in graphic…
Will play the last match in February
Sania Mirza, 36, started her professional tennis career in 2003. Played the last Grand Slam of his career on 27 January 2023. Sania had told in an interview that the WTA 1000 event starting on February 19 would be the last tournament of her professional tennis career. After that she will retire.
started with rejection
Sania first expressed her desire to play tennis at the age of 6. Then his mother took him for admission in a tennis academy in Hyderabad. The coach there refused to give him admission. The coach said, its size is even smaller than a tennis racket. What tennis will she play? On her mother’s insistence, she admitted Sania. Within a few days, the same coach went to Sania’s house and told her mother that he had never seen someone play so well at such a young age.
Born in Mumbai, learned tennis in Hyderabad
Sania was born on 15 November 1986 in Mumbai. A few years after his birth, his family shifted to Hyderabad. Where she grew up with her younger sister Anam. It was here that he learned to play tennis and improved his skills. After schooling at Nassar School in Hyderabad, he graduated from St. Mary’s College.
Father sports journalist, daughter-in-law of sister Azharuddin
Sania Mirza’s family has a long association with sports. His father Imran Mirza was a sports journalist. Apart from being Sania’s mentor, he was also her coach for nearly 20 years. Sister Anam is the daughter-in-law of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin. She married Mohammad Asaduddin in December 2019.
Sania’s paternal grandmother was the maternal aunt of Ghulam Ahmed, former captain of the former Indian cricket team. Asif Iqbal, son of Ghulam’s sister, was once the captain of the Pakistan cricket team. Sania married Shoaib Malik, another captain of the Pakistani team. In this way, Sania is a relative of a total of four international cricket captains.
Sania Mirza and her sister Anam Mirza with Mohammad Azharuddin’s son Asaduddin.
Sania’s bungalow is in Dubai
Sania Mirza lives with her husband Shoaib Malik and son Izhaan in ‘The Island Bungalow’ in Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. The Palm Jumeirah also houses bungalows of celebrities such as industrialist Mukesh Ambani, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. Sania also has a luxurious house in Hyderabad’s Film City.
Sania Mirza at Palm Island, Dubai.
58.65 crore earned from prize money
Sania Mirza earned around Rs 58.65 crore from prize money during her tennis career. Prize money means prize money won in a tennis tournament. Many big companies also made him their brand ambassador. Overall his net worth is around 205 crores. During her tennis career, Sania has promoted top brands like Air India, Tata Tea, Adidas, Hathway Cable, TVS Scooty and Wilson.
amazing car collection
Along with living a luxury life, Sania is also fond of luxury cars. He also owns BMW 7-Series, Jaguar XE, Mercedes Benz-Class, BMW 5-Series, Range Rover Evoque. There is also a Sania Mirza Tennis Academy in Murtuzhagud, Hyderabad, which she started in 2013. He has also opened a branch of his academy in Dubai.
Won 43 trophies in career
At the junior level, he won 10 singles and 13 doubles titles. She started her professional tennis career in 2003 after debuting at the senior level in 2001. Starting her professional tennis career at the age of 16, Sania played tennis for 20 years in singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. In addition to 6 Grand Slams, he won a total of 43 trophies. In 2005, she won the WTA singles title for the first time.
Apart from this, she came close to winning the French Open 2 times and the Australian Open 3 times. But, she could not win the title after losing the final.
Also played Wimbledon semi-finals in 2022
In the last phase of her career, Sania Mirza came close to winning 2 Grand Slams. But, could not win even a single one. Played the semi-finals of mixed doubles with Mate Pavic at Wimbledon last year. At the same time, now came close to winning the title in the mixed double event of the Australian Open. But, lost to the Brazilian pair.
Last singles played in 2013
Sania Mirza started her professional tennis career in 2004 from Women’s Singles. Due to more success in doubles and a wrist injury, he stopped playing singles in 2013. She focused only on playing women’s and mixed doubles in the last 10 years of her career.
Fought 2 times against Serena
Sania also faced tennis legend Serena Williams twice in her career. He had to face defeat both the times. On January 21, 2005, at the age of 18, she faced Serena in the women’s singles of the Australian Open. Then he had to face defeat 6-1, 6-4.
Sania said during her farewell speech that she considers the match against Serena to be the beginning of her tennis career. In 2016, she also competed in the women’s doubles event. But, here too he had to face defeat.
Sania Mirza played a Grand Slam match against Serena Williams during the 2005 Australian Open.
won all four Grand Slams
Sania Mirza has won 6 Grand Slams in her tennis career. Won 3 from mixed doubles and 3 only in women’s doubles. In mixed doubles, he won the 2009 Australian Open, 2012 French Open and 2014 US Open titles. At the same time, in Women’s Doubles, she won the 2015 Wimbledon, 2015 US Open and 2016 Australian Open title. In this way, she has won all 4 Grand Slam titles while playing Women’s and Mixed Doubles.
Reached close to medal in Olympics
Sania came close to winning India a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. But, she could not win the medal after losing in the semi-finals. Apart from the Olympics, he also hosted India in the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games. He won India 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals in different events of the Asian Games.
During the Commonwealth Games in 2010, she won the silver medal in singles and the bronze medal in women’s doubles. During the 2003 Afro Asian, he won 4 gold medals in different events.
Bopanna was the first partner
Sania, who has been playing tennis since the age of 6, started playing mixed doubles for the first time at the age of 14. Then 22-year-old Rohan Bopanna was his tennis partner. On January 27, when he played the last Grand Slam match. Even then only Bopanna of India was supporting him. The family and children of both also reached Melbourne Court to watch the match.
Sania-Bopanna had won the French Open mixed doubles title six years back in 2017. In the Australian Open, Mirza became the champion in 2009 with Mahesh Bhupathi. Apart from Indian partners, he has also won Grand Slams with foreign partners.
Got Khel Ratna in 2015
In a tennis career of 20 years, Sania won many big and small awards. But, the most important of these were 5 awards. He received the Arjuna Award in 2004 only after starting tennis. After a great professional debut in 2005, she was given the Newcomer Award by the World Tennis Association (WTA). He was awarded the Padma Shri Award in 2006 itself.
Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna (then Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna) Award in 2015 and Padma Bhushan in 2016 by the Government of India.
Married Shoaib in 2010
Sania married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on 12 April 2010. All the rituals took place at the hotel and Sania’s house in Hyderabad. The reception was given in Lahore, Pakistan on 15 April. Son Izhaan was born in 2018. In her autobiography ‘Ace Against Odds’, Sania has written that Shoaib came into her life at a time when she was facing difficulties in her professional life.
Divorce news came recently
In the month of November last year, there were reports of divorce from Shoaib Malik. However, nothing was said on this from both of them. Later Sania also shared a photo with Shoaib Malik. Along with this, both of them also started a talk show ‘Malik-Mirza Show’. In such a situation, the news of their divorce ended automatically.
Sania Mirza with husband Soyeb Malik and son Izhaan.
Now know the controversy related to Sania Mirza…
Controversy caused by placing feet in front of tricolor
In 2008, a photo of Sania Mirza putting her feet on the table started going viral. The tricolor was also kept on the same table. News started running in the media about the insult of the tricolor. After this he refused to play any tennis tournament in India. But, in 2010 she again started playing tennis in India.
There were controversies regarding this photo of Sania Mirza.
Controversy over Shoaib staying in Sania’s house before marriage
Shoaib had stayed at Sania’s house even before marriage. There was a dispute regarding this also. Muslim religious leaders had said that staying at the bride’s house before marriage is against Islam. Then the elders of Sania’s house decided that Shoaib should shift to the hotel a day before the wedding. So did happen.
When it was difficult for Shoaib to leave due to the media, Sania’s uncle started shouting loudly. Felt that there is a fight in the house. When the media surrounded him, Shoaib quietly reached the hotel by lying down in a small car. Sania had told that this car is used to bring vegetables and goods to the house.
Sania Mirza and Soyeb Malik married on 12 April 2010.
Controversy of ‘Pakistani daughter-in-law’
Sania was made the brand ambassador of the state by the Telangana government. After which she was called invalid for this post by calling her ‘Pakistan daughter-in-law’ because her husband is from Pakistan. The Chief Minister of Telangana gave him one crore rupees twice. Due to which the tax department questioned him. On this, Sania said that she was given this money as a training incentive and not to become an ambassador.
Controversy on wearing skirt
Being a Muslim girl in Hyderabadi, she got to hear the taunts of religious leaders many times. She was stopped several times for wearing a T-shirt and skirt while playing tennis. But, with family support, he continued playing tennis. In an interview during 2005, she had said, ‘As long as I am winning by playing tennis for India, people should not worry about my skirt size.’
Sania Mirza playing tennis in T-shirt and skirt during a match in 2006.
What will you do after retirement?
He was called to give a speech at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne after the Australian Open final match. She cried during the speech. He said that these are tears of happiness. He started his international tennis career 18 years ago from this field in Melbourne. After retirement, she will spend time with her family. Along with this, she will also focus on growing her tennis academy located in Hyderabad and Dubai.
See photos of his family and lifestyle here in photos…
During 2022, Sania Mirza had reached Qatar to watch the FIFA World Cup.
Sania Mirza with Pakistani cricketer and husband Soaib Malik.
Sania Mirza with her son Izhaan.
Sania Mirza during a tennis match.