It’s rightly said, ‘jab bhagwan deta hai, toh chappar faad ke deta hai’. The last two days couldn’t have personified this age-old Hindi saying in a much better way for our Indian Tennis players at Wimbledon 2015. Both, Sania Mirza and Leander Paes found their way to the history books yet another (read : gazillionth) time as they clinched the Doubles and Mixed Doubles Trophy respectively pairing with Martina Hingis.
Interesting Facts About Leander Paes And Sania Mirza That You Might Have MissedJuly 13, 2015 451 0 0
This was Sania Mirza’s maiden Women’s Doubles Grand Slam Trophy, which takes her Grand Slam tally to 4 now. She has previously won the Australian, U.S, and French Open, in the mixed double’s category.
While, Leander Paes is no stranger when it comes to winning Grand Slams, this was the 16th Grand Slam of his career.
Yes, this has been “THE” news for the past 3 days and you might already have had enough of this. So, we at the Royale thought of compiling a few interesting facts about these players that you might have missed in the midst of the bigger picture.
Started playing tennis at the age of 6
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She was initially trained by C.K. Bhupati, father of the Indian Tennis legend Mahesh Bhupati.
Adidas sponsored Sania at the age of 12.
Won her first junior doubles title at the Pakistan International Junior Championships in 1999.
Won 10 Singles Titles and 13 Doubles Titles as a Junior.
At the age of 17, she won the girls doubles trophy paring with Alisa Kleybanova, in 2003. The first youngest Indian Player to do so.
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First Indian Female Tennis player to cross US$1 million in career earnings.
First Indian Female Tennis player to win a WTA Final (with Cara Black – 2014)
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Apart from the 4 Grand Slam titles, she has won 37 other doubles titles.
She is now the First Indian Female Tennis Player to achieve the world no. 1 ranking in doubles.
Won Junior US Open and Wimbledon Singles Titles and was ranked no. 1 at the junior level.
Has won 24 Davis Cup matches in a row from 1997 – 2014 (longest streak ever).
Has partnered with 100 different players playing Men’s doubles.
The first Indian and the only Indian tennis player to take part in 6 Olympic events (1992 – 2012).
He is the oldest man to win a grand slam title. He achieved this after he won the US Open Doubles Title in 2013, at the age of 40.
He is the only man after Rod Laver to win Wimbledon Titles in 3 different decades.
He was the first Indian to win an individual medal at the 1996 Olympics after KD Jadhav won bronze at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
Apart from the 16 Grand Slam titles, he has won 47 other Doubles Titles.