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India's most successful woman tennis player, Sania Mirza started her new year with a bang. The 25-year-old Hydrabadi along with doubles partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States has been ranked World No 1 in the doubles team ranking for the week after their doubles victory in Brisbane International.

Mirza, who silenced her critics with the win, was happy with her achievement and in a news report exclaimed, "Honestly, this is the best start to the year I have ever had. Winning a premier event like the Brisbane International is truly a special feeling".

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza react after their win at the Brisbane International tennis tournament. Photo: AFP

 

The Grand Slam winner added further, "More importantly, we are now the No 1 team. Certainly, we would like to finish the year on a high". Mirza is currently preparing with her doubles' partner for the Austrlian Open Grand Slam.

But Sania has had her share of lows too. Known for her powerful forehand, Sania kept away from the sport for sometime due to her many injuries. Last year, Sania got involved in the tussle between Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi and retorted strongly for being made the 'scapegoat'. She lashed out at ITA for being made the bait in the Lee-Hesh row. Later in the year she paired up with Mahesh Bhupathi and clutched the French Open in the Mixed Doubles category, making it her second Grand Slam win.

Here's how she fared last year

Won- Mixed Doubles, French Open with Mahesh Bhupathi


Lost- Wimbledon, Women's Doubles (lost in the third round) and Mixed Doubles (lost in the second round)

Lost- London Olympics Women's Doubles (made an exit in the 1st round) and Mixed Doubles (lost in the quaterfinals)

Lost- Australian Open Grand Slam, Women's Doubles (Lost in the semi-final) and Mixed Doubles (lost in the semi-final)

Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik

Sania Mirza poses with her husband Shoaib Malik on the sets of 'Nach Baliye 5'. Photo: AFP

 

The Indian sports star who got married to Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik in the year in 2010 has also been in the news for reasons other than tennis. She is participating in the popular celebrity dance reality show, 'Nach Baliye 5' with her husband. The couple showcased their love for each other and matched step for step in the show.

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