Sania Mirza is a professional Indian tennis player and the current world No. 1 in women’s doubles.From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as India’s No. 1 player, both in singles and doubles. Throughout her career, she has established herself as one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in India. Mirza is the most successful female Indian tennis player in history and one of the most popular female athletes in Asia.
Mirza was named one of the 50 heroes of Asia by Time in October 2005. In March 2010, The Economic Times named Mirza in the list of the “33 women who made India proud”. Sania Mirza was announced as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. She is the first South Asian Woman to be appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador in the organization’s history.
In 2004, Mirza was awarded the Arjuna award by the Indian Government. In 2006, Mirza was awarded a Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest honour for her achievements as a tennis player.
In the year 2014, the government of Telangana, which is the newly formed 29th State of India appointed Sania Mirza as the brand ambassador to its State.