Sania Mirza has created history by becoming the first woman from India to win a major title in the seniors category at Wimbledon. Top-seeded Mirza and her Swiss partner Hingis beat Russia’s second-seeded pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6, 7-5 in the final of the women’s doubles on Saturday.
On Sunday, India’s Leander Paes will compete in the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon along with Hingis, who won her first title at the All-England Club since 1998 along with Sania today.
Although Sania had won the girls’ doubles title at Wimbledon 12 years ago along with Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova, this is her first seniors title at the All-England Club.
This is also Sania’s first women’s doubles major title as she has won only three mixed doubles Grand Slam titles in the past.
Sania and Hingis emerged as a fresh pair this year and have been virtually unbeatable in most tournaments they have played since.
India’s best female tennis player Sania was just six years old when she started playing tennis at the Nizam club in her home town of Hyderabad. She is currently married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.
Last year, Sania had been the subject of a major controversy after she hit back at people who argued she was not a patriotic Indian just because she had married a Pakistani.