New Delhi: Sania becomes Asia's Number One Tennis Player


New Delhi, Jan 28: Controversies, injuries and inconsistent form have threatened to derail Sania Mirza's career time and again but the Indian star continues to rise nevertheless, touching a new high on Monday by becoming Asia's number one woman tennis player.

After her third-round appearance at the Australian Open, Sania gained three spots to rise to the 29th position with 931 points to become Asia's new numero uno player in the latest WTA rankings overtaking Chinese ace Na Li, who dropped to the 32nd position.

Sania, who lost to Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the third round, however, slipped in the doubles rankings, losing five places to drop out of top-20 and be placed 23rd in the latest list.

She had teamed up with Australian Alicia Molik in the Australian Open and the duo had been knocked out in the third round.

Becoming the Asian number one is yet another remarkable achievement for the 21-year-old Hyderabadi, who has been India's lone flag-bearer in women's tennis after a breakthrough season in 2005.


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  • Abdul Hameed Mohmd, india

    Tue, Jan 29 2008

    Best of luck Sania.. You will be one day no 1 World Champion.

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  • Athaullah G K, Dubai

    Fri, Feb 01 2008

    Congrats Sania. All Indians are proud of your achievement and confident that you will brighten India's name in international tennis for a long time. Keep going. Best of Luck

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  • Alfred J. Rebello, Kundapur.Dubai

    Tue, Jan 29 2008

    Though Sania Mirza did not achieve much in the international scene as expected from her, atleast she achieved something which NO Indian has done before by becoming No. 1 Asian women's Tennis Player. Kudos to Sania. Keep the Racket moving faster in the future.

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    Tue, Jan 29 2008

    Mabbrook sania. May god Sanctify you wish you all the best

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  • riyaz, dubai

    Tue, Jan 29 2008

    Best of luck sania...Wish u all the best for ur future.

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