Sania Mirza (Hindustani pronunciation: [?sa?n?a? ?m?rza?]; born 15 November 1986) is an Indian professional tennis player. A former world No. 1 in the doubles discipline, she has won six Grand Slam titles in her career. From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the WTA as Indias No. 1 player in both the categories. Throughout her career, Mirza has established herself as the most successful female Indian tennis player ever and one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in the country.In her singles career, Mirza had notable wins over Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva and Marion Bartoli; as well as former world No. 1s Martina Hingis, Dinara Safina, and Victoria Azarenka. She is the highest-ranked female player ever from India, peaking at world No. 27 in mid-2007; however, a major wrist injury forced her to give up her singles career and focus on the doubles circuit. She has achieved a number of firsts for womens tennis in her native country, including surpassing US$1 million in career earnings (in the end over $6.9 million), winning a singles WTA title, and winning six major titles (three each in womens doubles and in mixed doubles), as well as qualifying for (and eventually winning) the WTA Finals in 2014 alongside Cara Black, defending the title the following year partnering with Martina Hingis.In addition, she is the third Indian woman in the Open Era to feature and win a round at a Grand Slam tournament, and the first to reach the second week. She has also won a total of 14 medals (including 6 gold) at three major multi-sport events, namely the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Afro-Asian Games.
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. She was appointed as the UN Womens Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia during the event held to mark the International Day To End Violence Against Women on 25 November 2013. She was named in Time magazines 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.