India not a Tennis-friendly Nation, Says Sania Mirza
The Ace tennis player Sania Mirza has come back to India only after making the country proud in the most reputed Grand Slam in the world. She has won the Wimbledon 2015 Women’s Doubles title and added one more feather of glory to her crown. She held a press conference at her residence yesterday in which she said, “I am honoured to come from a country which has such a passion for sport, [But] we are not the most tennis-friendly nation. We lack a system. I think we need that, and we are trying our best,” as reported by the ibtimes.com.
In a nation where cricket is religiously followed and female child is cursed in the rural areas, one such daughter of the country, Sania Mirza, has emerged as a shining star in the foreign land. She has brought back laurels for the country not just once but many times now. It is disheartening to see that India has not done much to improve the state of tennis which is improving its worth the world over.
Sania created history by becoming the first Indian woman to seize the women doubles title. The match saw her paired with Swiss national Martina Hingis against Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. The Indo-Swiss duo turned the tables around by winning an almost lost match with the score reading of 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) and 7-5.
Sania has proved her worth many times in the past by winning the Grand Slams thrice- Australian Open and French Open titles in the Mixed Doubles Category with Mahesh Bhupati in 2009 and 2012 respectively, and the US Open Mixed Doubles title with Bruno Soares. However, this is her biggest victory so far as she said, “to come out here at Wimbledon, this is something we dream of as kids. Every kid that picks up a tennis racquet, it’s about winning Wimbledon, or playing at Wimbledon one day,” as reported by the ibtimes.com.
The star player, who started playing tennis professionally at the age of 17, owes her success to the consistent hard work and determination that she put in over the years and also, to her parents who supported her in her journey. “My parents have also been rock-solid for me from the beginning of my life and till now,” said Sania to the International Business Times.
The Hyderabad girl reminisces that she started playing tennis at the age of six. Ten years later to that, she won her first title- Junior Wimbledon Girls’ Doubles paired with Alisa Kleybanova in 2003. The next big tournament that awaits Sania is 2016 Rio Olympics. She is hopeful to bag a medal for the country there as well. But before that, she needs to take some rest and has to go under treatment for a minor foot injury that happened after the hectic schedule in Wimbledon.
Apart from this, Sania Mirza will be attending a special WTA Future Stars tennis clinic which will take place at her tennis academy on Wednesday. She will be joined by legendary tennis player Martina Navratilova and the 2014 WTA Future Stars champion Karman Kaur Thandi.