Sania Mirza on Sunday created history by becoming the first female tennis player from India to be crowned the world’s top ranked doubles player, following her stupendous title win at the WTA Family Circle Cup with partner Martina Hingis, in Charleston, recently.
Sania took 470 points from the win to take her tally to 7965 as she jumped past Italy’s Sara Errani (7640) and Roberta Vinci (7640) to sit atop the ranking table.
Before Sania, only Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi had achieved the top rank when they dominated men’s doubles circuit in the later 90s. Sania is also first Indian female player to win Grand Slam tournaments.
It is Sania’s third successive title with Hingis this year. First they won the Indian Wells title and followed up that with win in Miami. They have not lost as a single match since joining forces in March.
The 28-year-old Hyderabadi gave credit to her partner Martina Hingis for grand success. “I can’t think of a better person to do it with. When we came here we had one thing in mind, to get No.1, and she really helped me get there. She helped me through some tough moments this week. She’s just a great person and a great player. We also become the No.1 team in the world today with this,” she said.
Hereunder is the winning chart of the champions-pair in the Family Circle Cup –
Family Circle Cup (April 06-12, 2015)
|1st round||beat Anastasia Rodionova / Arina Rodionova (Australia)||6-7, 6-3, 10-5|
|Quarter final||beat Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)||7-5, 4-6, 13-11|
|Semi final||beat Alla Kudryavtseva / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia)||6-4, 1-6, 10-7|
|Final||beat Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Darija Jurak (Croatia)||6-0, 6-4|