Sania Mirza climbs to top of doubles ranking on Sunday, creates history by becoming the first Indian woman to be the World No. 1 in doubles ranking.Sania along with Martina Hingis won their third successive doubles title together, bagging the Family Circle Cup tennis title enbaling her to reach the top spot in doubles ranking.The No.1-seeded Swiss-Indian duo beat Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak in straight sets for the title, 6-0, 6-4, missing two match points at 5-3 in the second set but closing it out a game later.
When the new WTA rankings are released on Monday, Mirza’s run of winning 14 successive doubles matches with Hingis will see her leapfrog Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci at the top of the standings.”It is a truly remarkable accomplishment for Sania Mirza to become the first Indian woman to reach the WTA World No.1 doubles ranking,” WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster said.
“Sania has attained many milestones throughout her successful career and this achievement is a fitting recognition of her talent, dedication and success.”I am sure Sania will continue to create history and inspire our ever-growing fan base in India and the wider Asia-Pacific region.”
Sania is the first Indian woman to reach No.1 in tennis, in either singles or doubles, and just the fourth Asian woman to do it, after Japan’s Ai Sugiyama, China’s Peng Shuai and Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Su-Wei.
Leander Paes and Bhupathi are the only other Indians to achieve number one rankings in tennis when they dominated men’s doubles in the late 1990s
“When you start off as a child playing tennis, you dream of being No.1 in the world. It’s a dream for every person; very few get there. I feel extremely honoured to be No.1, it’s something that I’ve worked for all my life,” Mirza said in a statement.
“I hope this makes girls in India believe that anything is possible; we can achieve anything we want if we put our mind and body to it.”
“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 (Hingis) really helped me get there. She helped me through some tough moments this week,” she added “She’s just a great person and a great player. We also become the No.1 team in the world today with this. I hope we have many, many more tournaments and end the year on a high as well.