Six-time Grand Slam champion Sania Mirza gained the ‘Inspirational Icon’ award on the Sportstar Aces Awards on the Taj Mahal Palace Resort in Mumbai on Monday.
Tennis star Sania, who introduced her retirement earlier this month, was a trailblazer. Sania returned stronger than ever from a wrist damage in 2008, and has served an inspiration for younger women throughout the nation. She reached a highest profession singles rating of 27.
Sania obtained the award from former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar. “Rising up, like most kids, I learn the Sportstar journal. I dreamt of being on the duvet in the future. I put up Sportstar posters of Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and others who’ve impressed me. It’s a true honour for me to be right here, and to be part of the Sportstar household,” Sania stated.
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It has been an emotional few weeks for Sania, who hung up her racquet after the WTA Dubai Open just lately. “I’ve performed skilled tennis for 20 years, and I suppose all good issues should come to an finish. I’m stuffed with gratitude for getting the prospect to play for India, my household and for all of you. You’ve got all been with me by way of thick and skinny.
“There isn’t a higher manner for me to begin this new part of my life than to obtain this award from the good Sunil Gavaskar. He’s one among my heroes; it doesn’t get higher than this,” Sania stated.