Sania Mirza: Indian or Pakistani?


Sania Mirza is professional Indian tennis player. She holds the record for being the highest ranked Indian player for over a decade. She has now reached her highest world ranking in women’s doubles (rank 6).


She is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, who captained Pakistan’s cricket team between 2007 and 2009. Inspite of this she is clear in her mind that she will remain an Indian. Yet, Sania Mirza has made it to an elite list of Pakistani women, thanks to an overzealous magazine.

But Sania Mirza said she did not welcome comparisons between politics and her marriage.

“My marriage has nothing to do with Indo-Pak politics,” Indian newspapers quoted the her saying. “This is a happy moment … Be happy we are getting married. We both are happy. Our families are happy. I don’t think we can ask for more.”

When asked which side she would support if India played Pakistan in a cricket match, Mirza said she would support both India and her husband.

Mohammad Irfan, a Muslim driver who works in Delhi, was also puzzled by the match, though for different reasons.

“Shoaib is an eligible bachelor and from her own religion, so it’s fine,” he says. “But I would be happier if she married an Indian cricket star. There are lots of eligible Muslims in our country too.”

Inspite of people opposing her marriage in India she continues to represent the country.

She started “Sania Mirza Tennis Academy”, which was launched in March 2013 with the aim of providing world class tennis training to Indian tennis players. The academy also recognizes rural talents and a few selected are trained at no expenses to brighten India’s future.

We wish her all the best for the future.

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