In the November of 1986, a girl was born to parents Imraan and Naseema. They loved their daughter a lot and wanted to give her all the happiness in the world. Imraan trained her in tennis since she was six, and seeing her passion towards the game, he was determined to help her achieve her dreams against all odds.
Imraan knew that it was not going to be an easy journey as to make his daughter a professional tennis player, he would require to invest time and money in her training and equipment. The initial period was not easy as she was still in training, so she did not have any sponsorship. The family had to spend a lot on travel and accommodation, in all the countries where these tennis tournaments were held. Yet they were happy to see her win matches and motivated her to do better whenever she lost.
As the years passes, she moved upwards on the ladder of success winning several titles and breaking many records. Yet, there were people who called out her parents for allowing their young daughter to wear skirt and play tennis, then there were those who criticised her regarding her personal life, but she was unaffected by these problems and so was her father. He always stood behind his daughter and made her dreams his own. This man is Imraan Mirza, father of six-time Grand Slam winner, Sania Mirza.
The story of Sania Mirza is reflective of the fact that no amount of success is achieved without struggling. She has once said that, “A life without dreams, is not worth living.” Rightly so, she started playing tennis at a time when there were no Indian women’s tennis players, but she dreamt and paved the way for several others to follow. She has been ranked as India’s Number 1 player by Women’s Tennis Association in her tennis career from 2003-2013 and she has been honoured with titles such as Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Arjuna Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
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