Sania Mirza Becomes the First Top Ranked Indian Tennis Player at a Wimbledon
The Indian Cricket team may have “given it back” this year, but Indian ace Sania Mirza seems to have no intentions of doing so any time soon. As the reigning World no. 1 Doubles Player, Mirza entered the prestigious Wimbledon arena like a true First Lady, as the first seed in Ladies Doubles – and this has never been achieved by any Indian woman before.
Teaming up with Hingis who is at No. 2 in the WTA Doubles Rankings, together, the duo are the top seeded pair at the Grand Slam. Mirza, who pinnacled in April 2015, hasn’t shown the slightest signs of wavering.
And We have all the reasons to pin our hopes on Mirza to give us an encore of the feat she achieved at Flushing Meadows. Sparks have flown everytime she and her doubles partner Hingis partnered up this year – as they have a knack of maneuvering encounters way. They showcased an impressive stint up to the semifinals in the Aegon International Tournament that preceded the Wimbledon.
Before Sania, there have been two other Indians to have set this record for India at a world platform – none other than Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, who took on Roland Garros 1999 as the No. 1 seeds.
This year, Bhupathi faltered and crashed out as a result in the first round itself- both in doubles and Mixed doubles, but Sania still has help in holding up the Indian flag from Rohan Bopanna – who, along with his Romanian partner Florin Mergea has made it to round three.
As a result of setting this record, she will be included in the ‘Last four Club’, entitling her to a lifetime of privileges in the All England Club Championship.
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