"Newsmakers from Hyderabad"
The First Indian woman to enter the
third round of a Grand Slam tennis event
Hyderabad: Sania Mirza created history when she became
the first Indian woman to enter the third round of a Grand Slam
tennis event and set up a dream clash with former World No. 1
Serena Williams at the Australian Open in Melbourne
It was a red letter day in Indian tennis as Sania, who entered
the draw with a wild card, became the first Indian woman to
reach the third round of a grand slam when she beat Petra
Mandula of Hungary 6-2 6-1.
The win also gives Sania 66 WTA points and will move her inside the top
130 in the world.
The best performance by an
Indian woman on the Grand Slam so far had been a second round
appearance, by Nirupama Sanjeev (Vaidyanathan), who achieved the feat in
the 1998 edition of the Australian Open.
In fact, this is the first time any Indian had progressed this far in a
Grand Slam since Leander Paes made it to the round of 32 at the US Open
The 18-year-old Mirza, who won the Wimbledon junior doubles two years
ago, played Serena Williams in the next round & lost the match but has
won fans all over the world including Serena Williams.
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