Sania Mirza’s Battles On & Off Court


New Delhi: Multiple Grand Slam winners Sania Mirza is only 29 but the iconic sportswomen has put together the story of beating incredible odds to get to the top of the tennis world in a new book.

Sania who turned an instant sensation after she won the Wimbledon Championships girls’ doubles title at the age of 16 and went on to register 41 consecutive wins with her doubles partner Martina Hingis, talks about her journey and its hardships to become the Tennis World Number One.

In “Ace against Odds,” which was launched in Hyderabad, New Delhi and Mumbai by Shah Rukh Khan, Parineeta Chopra and Salman Khan respectively, Sania narrates stories — both on and off-court including the numerous controversies that she unwittingly found herself to be in the centre.

Penned with the help of her father Imran Mirza, the book has a glowing foreword by “partner and friend for life” the Swiss star Hingis who describes Sania as a “phenomenon” with a dangerous forehand and whose tennis is “magical and almost mystical.”  Another tennis ace and mixed doubles player Mahesh Bhupathi writes in the introduction that he believes that she has been instrumental in changing the face of Indian sport.

Her book talks about the constant public scrutiny of her personal life – be it the fatwa against her, the surgeries she underwent, marrying Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, her comments on pre-marital sex or as Bhupathi says how “random folks asking why she had to play tennis wearing a skirt!”  At the US Open 2005, Sania says she was unprepared for the the fascination with everything she did.