The year 2007 seems to be ending just the way Sania Mirza wanted it to end. She is playing great tennis, consistent out of everything stands out in her recent performances. This has been her weak point in the past years and it now seems she has matured into a better player overall.
Sania Mirza now enters the top 30 club in womens ATP rankings. Her good performance in the Acura Classic women’s tennis event in San Diego last week, helped her achieve a ranking so high. Sania lost in straight sets to eventual winner and World No. 2 Maria Sharapova in the QF of the event. Sania has now joined the company of Ramesh Krishnan who was the only other tennis player to rank under 30 for India. Another of his record could soon be broken of being the highest ranked singles player for India - 23 (achieved in 1987).
Sania’s impressive showing continued with a win over World no.12 - Martina Hingis in the second round of the East West Bank Classic. Mirza has now played Martina 4 times and the head to-head is at par. Sania took 1h, 36mins to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Sania will now face the winner of Shahar Peer and Virginie Razano in the 3rd round.
Sania Mirza’s form has started to pick up and her good showing in the Bank of West Classic at Stanford. Shahar Pe’er and Sania Mirza won the doubles title defeating Anna Chakvetadze and Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Suday night. Pe’er has now won back to back doubles titles at Stanford. Last year she had who won the doubles tournament with German Anna-Lena Groenefeld.
Sania failed to win the singles final as she was convincingly defeated by top-seed Anna Chakvetadze of Russia. Chakvetadze, who has now gained many places to reach No. 6 in the ATP women’s rankings won the match 6-3, 6-2.
There was good news for Sania this week and she has now reached her career best ranking of 31. The 20-year-old Indian jumped four places after making her third final appearance at Stanford, that she had attained two years ago in October.
Sania Mirza will play 87th ranked Alberta Brianti in the first round at Roland Garros this year. Sania will be favourite to go through against the little known Italian player, who turned 27 earlier last month. She has played 7 tournaments this year winning a total of 3 matches. She lost in the first round of the Australian Open this year as well as the French Open last year.
Sania is ranked 52nd in the world and is unseeded for the tournament. She has played in the French Open twice and lost in the first round both times. She returned from injury recently and has not been in the best of form losing early in the last two tournaments she played in. She should be a clear favourite against Brianti.
She has a potentially difficult second round tie against 7th seeded Serbian, Ana Ivanovic. Also in her part of the draw are 12th seed Daniela Hantuchova and 3rd seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, who she could come up against in the quarter-finals. You can come back anytime to check the progress she makes throughout the tournament, which begins on Monday.
Sania Mirza will be making history when she goes out to play her first WTA event after a long lay-off. She will be the first Indian tennis player to go into a WTA event as top seed.
The Morocco open begins tomorrow and is a $145,000 prize winning clay court event. Sania will take part in the womens double even too and is seeded first in that too. She will partner American Vania King and will take on Alla Kudryavtseva and Olga Savchuk.
Sania’s singles opponenent is not decided yet since she will be taking on a qualifier who will be adjudged today. Lets wish Sania best of luck for her comeback!
The WTA rankings were kind enough for Sania as she maintained her 49th position when the latest rankings were issued today. Mirza has now not played in over 8 weeks as a knee injury has kept her on the sidelines.
Sania, has now started her comeback making a few appearances at the tennis complex in Hyderabad where she practises. She has returned to the court playing for short durations but nothing too intense. Lets just hope everything goes all well and the Indian tennis star can make a great comeback at the French open.
Sania Mirza has made a come back to practice after being forced to remain on the sidelines for over seven weeks with a knee injury. Sania played for only about 30 minutes at the Centre Court in the SAAP Tennis Complex.
South African trainer Heath Mathew has given Sania a strict schedule which she has to follow in an effort to make successful recovery to full match fitness.
Mirza plans to take part in the German open which begins on May 7 but if that doesn’t happen the contingency plan seems to be participating atleast in the Morocco Open which commences a week later. When asked about what she would to do, she said, “We will see how things develop over the next four to five days.”
Imran, her father also metioned that she should take one step at a time. “She looks rusty after the long break,” he said.
Sania Mirza is facing a term on the side-lines and that is definitely not helping her in the WTA Rankings. The Indian tennis sensation has now slipped to the 48th position.
Sania has also taken a hit on the Women’s doubles ranking in which she dropped 7 places and now stands at 38th in list.
Sania Mirza has suffered a setback in her race to progress in the Womens ATP rankings when she injured her knee in the Qatar open. Sania Mirza beat Italy’s Romina Oprandi 6-4, 6-3 and after the match felt pain in her right knee.
Sania immediately went in for scans on the knee and later after results it was revealed that there was no ligament damange thankfully. This means she will not have to undergo any surgery, which was feared earlier.
The doctors have suggested an intense physiotherapy and rehabilitation program. Sania is expected to return to training within four to five weeks.
Sania Mirza came from one set down to win her second round match against Tatiana Pouchek. Sania Mirza is seeded number 5 for this tournament and is understandably the crowd favorite since the Sony Ericsson WTA tournament is being played in her home country.
The winner of the Bangalore open wins $1,70,000 in prize money which is a pretty hefty amount. When the press asked about the initial inconsistency shown in her game Sania said tongue in cheek, “The crowd was so good here, I decided to entertain them for a while.”
After much rumors about Sania Mirza playing with Mahesh Bhupati in mixed doubles, it has now been made offcial atleast by one side. Mahesh Bhupati confirmed at a training session at his academy in Nagpur yesterday.
The duo have played together and won the Afro Asian Gold for India in 2003, and now they will try to follow up that glory at the Grandslams too. Mahesh and Sania will play in the Mixed doubles event at the French Open as well as Wimbledon.
We don’t know if Sania chose Mahesh over Paes or not, but Leander had already commited to play out this season with his mixed doubles partner, Samantha Stosur.