Sania Mirza has arguably already achieved a Hall of Fame career, winning six major titles—three in each women’s and mixed doubles—and became the first Indian woman to reach world No. 1 in 2015. Back on tour after giving birth to son Izhaan in 2018, countrywoman and tennis trailblazer Nirupama Sanjeev predicts further success is hers for the taking.
“I don't think her career is over yet,” says Sanjeev. “I think she will be bringing more excitement in the coming months.”
Giving an in-depth interview to Sportskeeda, Sanjeev became the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam main draw match in 1998, reaching the second round of that year’s Australian Open.
Mirza met that milestone at Roland Garros in 2005, and, playing in front of her home crowd in Hyderabad, became the first from her country to win a WTA singles title that same year.
“Sania Mirza's impact has been tremendous. Before Sania, I don't think there was this much excitement about women's sport in India. As the first person to bring this kind of excitement, she popularized the sport more than anyone else has.”