India's Sania Mirza came back strongly after her first round defeat in the French Open to storm into the quarter-finals of the DFS classic WTA tournament being held in Birmingham, UK.
Sania beat Shenay Perry of the USA in three sets 7-5, 6-7, 6-3 to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
"After last year there has been a lot of pressure on me. And of course people expect me to do a lot better than I did last year," said Sania Mirza.
"I am going to take it one at a time and not worry about Wimbledon, or even next week. I only want to worry about tomorrow.
"But pressure is growing by the day. People expect me to do better and it's part and parcel of my life and I have to learn how to block everything out."
Sania will be facing another American Meilen Tu in her next round.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Sania Mirza paid the price for a weak serve and too many errors as she was blown away in straight sets by Russian 11th seed Nadia Petrova in the Wimbledon ladies singles competition.Sania failed to light up the court and faced a 6-2 6-2 drubbing to bow out of the competition, much to the disappointment of the numerous Indians, who voiced their support for the Hyderabad girl.Sania had beaten Petrova in their only previous meeting on the hard courts of San Diego in 2005, the breakthrough year for the Indian starlet, but the Russian repaid the compliment on the grass at All England Club with a dominating display.
If you're a taxpayer to the government of India, as I am, Sania Mirza wants some of what's leaving your wallet. The lady has just applied to the government of Andhra Pradesh, asking it "to allot land for setting up a tennis academy." We are informed that "[t]he government had already given her more than Rs 1 crore and a 500 square yard site in Jubilee Hills."I find this spending preposterous. As I'd written here, we need to realise that government money is our money, and government spending is not a trivial thing, and must be taken seriously. When you consider the percentage of one's income that taxes represent, we are effectively working four months of the year for the government: that's what just our income tax comes to. All the other indirect taxes we then pay, such as every time we buy anything, probably add up to a few more weeks.And it's not just you and me: our maidservant, our building chowkidaar, the paanwaala on the road, the taxi driver: all these people are also burdened by all kinds of indirect taxes, even if they never actually file tax returns.
IndiaDate of birth: November 15, 1986
Place of birth: Mumbai,
IndiaHeight: 1.73 m (5' 8")Weight: 126 lb. (57 kg)
Father: Imran MirzaPlays
Right: (two-handed backhand)
Career Prize Money: $569,759Highest ranking: 31 (October 10, 2005)
Sania Mirza was born in Mumbai but brought up in Hyderabad. she Coached by her father Imran Mirza, she began playing tennis at the age of six, turning professional in 2003.Sania Mirza from Hyderabad is a youth-icon in India. The media termed the phenomenon Sania Mania. Mirza is also the first Indian sportswoman to feature on the cover of Time magazine (South Asian edition) and was included in its 2005 list of Asia's 50 heroes.Sania Mirza was the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with career high rankings of number 31 in singles and 24 in doubles.Sania Mirza is now ranked 48th in singles and 38th in doubles as of April 9th, 2007.Sania Mirza has also been honoured with the prestigious Arjuna award by the Indian government for the year 2004.