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Sania Mirza
The first Indian to win a women's Grand Slam title.

Hyderabad: Sania defeated Katerina Bohmova of Czech  Republic and Michaela Krajicek of the Netherlands 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the girls' doubles to become the first Indian to win a women's Grand Slam title.

Hyderabad's   teenage tennis sensation  has won her maiden  Wimbledon and Grand Slam title when she triumphed in the girls' doubles event, partnering 13-year-old Russian Alisa Kleybanova. Sania  will be partnering 13-year-old Russian Alisa Kleybanova  for future tournaments on the international circuit though they will not play together at the US Open

In the final, Mirza and Kleybanova lost the first set to the pair of Katerina Bohmova of the Czech Republic and Michaela Krajicek of the Netherlands before rallying to take the next two sets and snatch a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory. Incidentally, Mirza, partnering Sanaa Bhambri, had lost to Bohmova and Krajicek in the semi-finals at the French Open.

It was after 51 years that an Indian girl figured in the final of  a Grand Slam, the last being Rita Dabur, who had finished runner-up in the singles event in 1952.

A winner of 21 International Tennis Federation titles, Mirza had lost in the French Open girls' doubles semi-finals last month and in the girls' singles at Wimbledon, where she suffered a 2-6, 6-3, 1-6 defeat against Eden Marama of New Zealand in the second round.

Sania, 16, who is set to jump from her 16th world rank after the victory, leads a promising bunch of youngsters, including 19th-ranked Sanaa Bhambri. Sania and Bhambri, who play together in the doubles events on international circuit, reached the semi-finals of the French Open last month to give notice of their arrival on the world stage.

Sania has been trained at the Sinette Tennis Academy, Hyderabad, under P. A. Jain and Ravi Chander. Her coach is CGK  Bhupathi (Mahesh's father).

Hyderabad's G.V.K.Group of Industries had sponsored for her airfare when competing on the junior circuit. She is a product of  Nazar School.

Sania Mirza
The First Indian woman to enter the third round of a Grand Slam tennis event

  July' 2003

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