Sania Mirza Wiki, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Biography & More
Sania Mirza is an Indian Tennis Player. She is the recipient of Padma Shri, Arjuna Award, and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. She is one of the highest paid and high profile athletes of India.
Sania Mirza was born on 15 November 1986 (age 32 years; as in 2018) in Mumbai. Her zodiac sign is Scorpio.
Sania Mirza’s childhood picture
Her family migrated to the US when she was just 4 years old and returned to India after 2 years. Sania grew up in Hyderabad along with her sister. She attended Hyderabad’s Nasr School and went to St. Mary’s College to pursue her graduation. Mirza cleared her SSC examination with first division securing 63% marks. At the age of 6, she started playing tennis. Initially, her father, Imran Mirza, coached her but later she joined Nizam Club Hyderabad to receive her training. Sania won 10 singles and 13 doubles as a junior player. In 2008, Mirza was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai. In addition to tennis, she is also very good at cricket and swimming. After receiving professional training in tennis from Sinnet Tennis Academy in Secunderabad, Mirza moved to the Ace Tennis Academy in the United States.
Height: 5′ 6″
Weight: 57 Kg
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Figure Measurements: 38-26-36
Family, Caste & Husband
Sania Mirza belongs to a Sunni Muslim Family and follows Islam. Her father, Imran Mirza, is a former sports journalist who ran a sports magazine called “Sports Call” in Hyderabad. Later, he ventured into a printing press business and thereafter became a builder. Her mother’s name is Nasima Mirza. She has a younger sister, Anam Mirza, who is the owner of the fashion brand ‘The Label Bazaar.’
Sania Mirza with her father, Imran Mirza
Sania Mirza with her mother, Nasima Mirza
Sania Mirza with her sister, Anam Mirza
Sania got engaged to her childhood friend, Sohrab Mirza, a businessman, but unfortunately, they parted ways due to some misunderstandings.
Sania Mirza with Sohrab Mirza
Sania was in a relationship with the Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik. The couple got married after five months of courtship. They have a son, Izhaan Mirza Malik, who was born in 2018.
Sania Mirza with her husband, Shoaib Malik
Sania Mirza with her son, Izhaan Mirza Malik
Sania Mirza with her family and husband
Sania Mirza started her tennis career in 2003 in the AP Tourism Hyderabad Open in which she gave a tough competition to Nicole Pratt in round one but lost in three sets. Subsequently, she made a win over Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva, Marion Bartoli; as well as former world No. 1s Martina Hingis, Dinara Safina, and Victoria Azarenka in her singles career. Sania, further partnered with Alisa Kleybanova and won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls’ Doubles title. She then reached the semifinals of the 2003 US Open Girls’ Doubles. By mid-2007, Sania reached the world rank #27 in the singles. However, a major wrist injury forced her to give up her singles career and focus on the doubles championships. In 2009, she won her first grand slam at the Australian Open with Mahesh Bhupathi. She followed it by winning two more grand slams at the French Open and the US Open. In all, she has received 6 Grand Slam titles in her career.
Sania Mirza’s first grand slam with Mahesh Bhupathi
In 2013, she became the first South Asian woman to become the UN Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. In the following year, Sania was made the brand ambassador of the Telangana State. She has even endorsed brands like Vita, Adidas, and Sprite.
Sania Mirza as the brand ambassador of Sprite
In 2015, Sania won the Wimbledon Championships along with the Swiss tennis player Martina Hingis. She also achieved #1 WTA rank in the women’s doubles event. Mirza has won a total of 14 medals, out of which 6 are gold at the three major sports events, namely, the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games, and the Afro-Asian Games.
Sania Mirza with the Wimbledon trophy
In 2006, some newspapers claimed that Mirza denied playing the doubles with the Israeli tennis player, Shahar Pe’er because of the fear of protests from Indian Muslim Community. However, later, she teamed up with Pe’er at the 2007 WTA Tour of Stanford, California.
A case was filed against Sania by a lawyer in 2008 who accused her of showing disrespect to the national flag. After facing huge criticism for her act, Mirza announced that she would not appear in tennis competitions in her native country any further.
Sania Mirza National Flag Controversy
In 2009, Sania got engaged to her childhood friend Sohrab Mirza. However, she attracted controversy when her engagement broke in the same year.
When Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi refused to play in the men’s doubles event at the 2012 Olympics with Leander Pars, Paes demanded Sania as his partner for the mixed doubles event. Sania then accused the All Indian Tennis Association (AITA) of using her as a ‘bait’ to keep Leander happy. At last, the duo lost the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles.
Sania was photographed violating the dress code at the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony Parade in 2008.
Mirza is often referred to as the ‘Daughter-in-law of Pakistan’ in a sarcastic way for being the wife of the Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik.
In June 2019, Sania landed into a war of words on Twitter with the Pakistani actress, Veena Malik. When Mirza posted a video of her son, husband and a few members of the Pakistan cricket team at the Sheesha place, Veena 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?” Sania got infuriated after looking at her comment and replied that she cares about her son a lot more than anybody else does.
Sania Mirza Veena Malik Controversy
Awards & Honours
Arjuna Award (2004)
WTA Newcomer of the Year (2005)
Padma Shri (2006)
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2015)
Sania Mirza Receiving Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
Padma Bhushan (2016)
Sania Mirza Receiving Padma Bhushan
Global Icon of the Year at 2016 NRI of the Year Awards, New Delhi (2016)
Her net worth is estimated to be $8 million.
Sania Mirza’s signatures
Sania’s car collection includes a Fiat Palio signed by Sachin Tendulkar, Toyota Supra, BMW, Porsche, and a Range Rover.
A post shared by Sania Mirza (@mirzasaniar) on Aug 3, 2015 at 5:23am PDT
Her friends and family fondly call her Sam.
Sania resides at a house in Hyderabad’s Film Nagar.
Mirza received her initial training in tennis from CK Bhupati, father of Mahesh Bhupathi.
Sania got a chance to represent India at the 2008 Summer Olympics. However, she got eliminated from the singles due to a right wrist injury. The injury further caused her to withdraw her name from various other matches like the French Open and US Open Grand Slams.
Sania Mirza During The Opening Ceremony Of The 2008 Beijing Olympics
On 7 June 2012, Sania Mirza won the French Open Mixed Doubles along with Mahesh Bhupathi.
In 2014, Sania was appointed as the brand ambassador of the Telangana state by the state government.
Sania Mirza As The Brand Ambassador Of The Telangana State
In the same year, Mirza became the first South Asian women to be appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia.
Sania Mirza As The UN Ambassador
Sania Mirza paired up with Swiss legend Martina Hingis to mark 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. After being asked about her wins, Mirza said-
It’s a dream for every kid to be No. 1 one day.”
Her father, Imran Mirza, revealed during an interview that each member of his family had played cricket at some points in their lives.