Ace against Odds

Ace against Odds

by Sania Mirza

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Overview

Currently ranked World No. 1 in women's doubles, Sania Mirza became an instant sensation when she won the Wimbledon Championships girls' doubles title at the age of sixteen. From 2003 until her retirement from the singles circuit in 2012, she was ranked by the Women's Tennis Association as India's top player, both in singles and doubles. A six-time Grand Slam champion, she notched up an incredible forty-one consecutive wins with her doubles partner, Martina Hingis, between August 2015 and February 2016. Ace against Odds is the story of this most iconic Indian player who beat incredible odds to get to the top of her sport. Sania writes with candour of the hardships along the way, of the physical and emotional trauma caused by injuries and medical procedures, of the friends and partners who became her mainstay along with her family, of the pressures of constant public scrutiny and, not least, the politics and heartbreaks that inevitably accompany success. Sania broke the rules, she spoke her mind, she pushed herself to the limit, she played for India fiercely and without care for how it might impact her rankings - she is and will continue to remain an inspiration long after she steps off the tennis courts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789351362630
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sania Mirza is currently ranked No. 1 in the women's doubles tennis rankings. From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the Women's Tennis Association as India's No. 1 player, both in singles and doubles. Sania was named one of the '50 Heroes of Asia' by Time in October 2005. In March 2010, The Economic Times listed her as one of the thirty-three women who made India proud. Imran Mirza: A graduate from Mumbai University, Imran Mirza is a professional builder who dabbled with sports journalism in the early part of his working life. As Sania's father, coach, guide and mentor, he has been instrumental in shaping her tennis career over a span of twenty-three years. Shivani Gupta is a sports journalist with a decade of rich experience, both in print and television. As a fan, writer and TV presenter, she has travelled the world to cover some of the biggest sporting events from Wimbledon to cricket World Cups.

Table of Contents

Foreword Martina Hingis vii

Introduction Mahesh Bhupathi xi

Prologue 1

1 The First Miss of My Life 4

2 Early Lessons 10

3 Getting a Grip 17

4 The First Breakthrough 20

5 An Unforgettable Experience 26

6 Junior 'High' 31

7 The African Safari 37

8 Playing for India 40

9 First Brush with Stardom 46

10 The Gold Rush and Beyond 52

11 Of Coaches and Critics 55

12 My Grand Slam Debut 61

13 Champion at Home 65

14 Learning New Responsibilities 71

15 The Best Match of My Life 74

16 At the US Open, 2005 78

17 With Fame Comes Controversy 85

18 My Second Year on the Circuit - 2006 100

19 Meeting Martina Hingis 106

20 The Hopman Cup Adventure 110

21 Double the Fun! 120

22 The Charmrnar Controversy 123

23 To the Brink and Back 127

24 Bangkok to Bengaluru 135

25 Olympic Dreams 143

26 My First Grand Slam Title 147

27 Heartbreak Time 152

28 Finding Love 159

29 CWG and Asian Games 2010 168

30 Striking Form Again 173

31 Goodbye to Singles 177

32 Starring at Roland Garros 181

33 The London Drama 184

34 The Doubles Mission 192

35 A Mixed Season 199

36 The Road to No. 1 208

37 On Top of the World 212

38 Wimbledon Champions! 219

39 Flying High 226

40 A Blessed Life 232

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