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Sania Mirza

In these days of plaguish darkness, there are people who believe, mistakenly we think, that a Covid-free dawn will light up the Indian firmament. For the rest of us, visions of festive happiness and gaiety expressed in a public spirit appear as mirages do in the empty quarter of Arabia—ever in sight, ever elusive. Id Al-Adha crept up in our blue funk—and was spent in subdued enjoyment. Blessed then, are children too young to grasp a sense of doom; blessed like Izhaan, a little stunner as there ever was one, in a gorgeous navy blue kurta, waving good cheer to the likes of us from the secure haven of mum Sania Mirza’s clasp, who looks resplendently contented in a pink, embroidered salwar suit.

Indian Tennis player Sania Mirza walks the ramp showcasing the creation by designer Eka at the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2020 in Mumbai.

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Tennis star Sania Mirza and her partner Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine after winning the WTA Hobart International trophy defeating Shaui Peng and Shuai Zhang in the finals, in Hobart, Australia

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Tennis star Sania Mirza and her partner Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine who won the WTA Hobart International trophy defeating Shaui Peng and Shuai Zhang in the finals, in Hobart, Australia

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot presents a memento to Sania Mirza during the inaugural session of State Games at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot with Tennis player Sania Mirza during the inaugural session of State Games at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

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Chief Minister K.Chandra Sekhar Rao greets Sania Mirza's sister Anam Mirza who got married to Mohammad Azharuddin's son Aladdin at wedding reception in Hyderabad.

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Indian cricket team Captain Virat Kohli shares a lighter moment with tennis player Sania Mirza after first day's play of the 1st pink-ball day/night cricket test match between India and Bangladesh, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presents a memento to Tennis player Sania Mirza as BCCI President Sourav Ganguly looks on, after the first day of the 1st pink-ball day/night cricket test match between India and Bangladesh, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra and Indian tennis player Sania Mirza during a Diwali party hosted by actor Amitabh Bachchan and his family, in Mumbai.

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Indian tennis player Sania Mirza arrives for the Indian Sports Honours awards in Mumbai.

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Chacha Chicago aka Mohammad Bashir poses with Indian tennis player Sania Mirza at the team hotel in Manchester, England.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza watches the Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL T20) cricket match between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, in Hyderabad

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Shopping for trinkets in Ban­galore is about the most relaxing things Sania Mirza can do. Izhaan, her darling infant son, takes up most of her time. But once a champion, you can’t do without the lust of on-court competition. A target of end-2019 has been set, but a return would be tough work, she knows.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza with her sister Anam Mirza during the inauguration of 'The Label Bazaar' exhibition, in Bengaluru.

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The one babe who is coming along superfine—an adorable blob of butter gaping at the wonderful world opening up before him, snugly fitted in Mum’s lap, is Izhaan. Bat or racquet..which one does he prefer? Sania Mirza, do keep us informed.

Tennis player Sania Mirza poses for photos at the wedding reception of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, in Mumbai.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza with her baby Izhaan arrives at the Mumbai domestic airport, in Mumbai.

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Sania was the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam when she clinched the junior Wimbledon doubles title in 2003. She became the first Indian to enter the third round of a Slam (Australian Open, 2005) and made it to the fourth round of the US Open in 2005.

The shrine of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina hosts pilgrims from all over the world seeking the Almighty’s blessings. Recent visitors included cricketer Shoaib Malik and his wife, Sania Mirza, who is expecting. She said she cherishes her life’s ‘new phase’, and promised not to forsake tennis.

Sania Mirza, of India, right, returns a shot to Chan Yung-Jan, of Taiwan, and Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, during the doubles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Mirza was playing with doubles partner Peng Shuai, of China.

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Sania Mirza, of India, left, slaps hands with doubles partner Peng Shuai, of China, during the doubles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Chan Yung-Jan, of Taiwan, and Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, in New York.

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Silver-smeared tennis shoes and a stockinged tennis shorts made an inspiring appearance at Sania Mirza’s tennis academy near Hyderabad. Along with actress Neha Dhupia and WTA officials, the six-time Grand Slam winner played along with 30 local junior players from the Freedom Again Foundation. Say, isn’t she looking fit!

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Tennis star Sania Mirza and actress Neha Dhupia at the start of WTA Future Stars Tennis master class at Sania Mirza Tennis Academy Moinabad near Hyderabad.

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Abigail Speers of the US and Juan Sebastian Cabal, left, of Colombia hold their trophy after defeating Sania Mirza, second right, and Ivan Dodig, right, in the mixed doubles' final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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India's Sania Mirza, left, celebrates with Ivan Dodig, second left, of Croatia after winning their mixed doubles' semifinal against Australia's Samantha Stosur and Sam Groth at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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India's Sania Mirza, left, and partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic celebrate their win over Britain's Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith during their first round women's doubles match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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This grand wedding took place in Hyderabad, between Anam and Akbar Rasheed. But we are noting it for the bride’s sister Sania Mirza, who, with husband Shoaib Malik, put their dance moves to good use.

Sania Mirza, right and her partner Barbora Strycova, of the Czech Republic, celebrate after defeating Chinese pair Liang Chen and Yang Zhaoxuan during the women's doubles final match at the Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament, in Tokyo.

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Sania Mirza, left, and her doubles partner Barbora Strycova, of the Czech Republic, pose with their champion trophy during the award ceremony for the women's doubles at the Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament, in Tokyo.

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India's Sania Mirza (right) and her partner Barbora Strycova in action during their doubles match of the 3rd round of US Open 2016 at Flushing Meadows in New York.

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Sania Mirza, left, and Rohan Bopanna, of India, head to their positions while trailing the United States in a tie breaker during their semi-final mixed doubles match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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India's Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna celebrate after beating Andy Murray and Heather Watson of Great Britain to enter semi-finals of mixed doubles at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Rarely have Indian sports books been rele­a­sed by more Bollywood stars. After SRK, Sania’s Ace Against Odds found a champion in Salman.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza and actor Shahrukh Khan during the release function of "Ace against Odds" an autobiography of Sania Mirza in Hyderabad.

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Sania Mirza, left and Shahrukh Khan pose during the release of Sania's biography 'Ace Against Odds' in Hyderabad. The book is co authored by Sania's father Imran Mirza and Journalist Shivani Gupta.

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Martina Hingis of Switzerland speaks with her partner Sania Mirza of India during their women's doubles match against Christina McHale of the U.S and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

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Sania Mirza, right, and Croatia’s Ivan Dodic return in the final of the mixed doubles match of the French Open tennis tournament against Switzerland’s Martina Hingis and India’s Leander Paes at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.

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Actor Rajinikanth with actress Priyanka Chopra and tennis player Sania Mirza during Padma Awards 2016 function at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza and actress Priyanka Chopra during Padma Awards 2016 function at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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President, Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Tennis player Sania Mirza, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi.

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Tennis Star Sania Mirza, Brand Ambassador of Telangana State, inaugurates American Aluminum Catamaran Pontoon Boat at Hussain Sagar Lake Boating Unit, in Hyderabad.

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Martina Hingis, left, of Switzerland and Sania Mirza hold their trophy after defeating Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the women's doubles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Martina Hingis, right, of Switzerland plays a shot as partner Sania Mirza of India looks on during their semifinal match against Julia Goerges of Germany and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne.

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Switzerland's Martina Hingis, right, and Sania Mirza chat during their first round match against Brazil's Teliana Pereira and Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Congress MP T Subbarami Reddy felicitates Tennis star Sania Mirza at a function in New Delhi.

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With Dream Runners No Indian tennis fan would have believed they’d get to see the modern greats in action. Until International Premier Tennis League happened. Since then, Federer and Nadal have been within reach. Here, Rafa confers with Sania during a match.

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Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna of Micromax Indian Aces in action during the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) match at the IG Stadium in New Delh.

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Sania Mirza accompanied by her partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland, speaks at a ceremony to receive their trophy after winning the doubles event at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore.

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Sania Mirza embraces Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain and Martina Hingis of Switzerland is congratulated by Garbine Muguruza of Spain after Mirza and Hingis win their doubles final match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore.

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Sania Mirza makes a backhand return as she and partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland play Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France during their doubles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore.

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Sania Mirza and partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland discuss tactics as they play against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, both of the Cech Republic during their doubles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore.

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Sania Mirza of India, left, makes a forehand return as she pairs up with partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland, during their doubles match against Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears of the United States at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore.

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Sania Mirza of India, left, and Martina Hingis of Switzerland, right, celebrate after they defeated Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears of the United States during their doubles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore.

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Don’t Reach Out For That What are they talking about? She's on an unpreceden­ted grand slam season high; he's savouring a rare for­­eign win. Was it just polite chat between Virat and Sania? Or did he seek advice on balls moving away on grass?

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Indian Tennis Star Sania Mirza sign autograph during an event in Bengaluru on Saturday.

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Martina Hingis, of Switzerland and Sania Mirza celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Casey Dellacqua, of Australia, and Yaroslava Shvedova, of Kazakhstan, in the women's doubles championship match of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

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President Pranab Mukherjee honours tennis player Sania Mirza with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2015 at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza during a fashion show at the India International Jewellery Week in Mumbai.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza walks the ramp during a fashion show at India International Jewellery Week in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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Sania Mirza poses for photographs with the Wimbledon doubles trophy that she won recently, at a news conference at her residence in Hyderabad.

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London Martina Hingis of Switzerland, right, and Sania Mirza of India celebrate winning the women's doubles final against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and Elena Vesnina of Russia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon.

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Martina Hingis of Switzerland, right, and Sania Mirza of India talk between points during the women's doubles final against Ekaterina Makanrova of Russia Elena Vesnina of Russia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.

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Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Sania Mirza hold their trophies after winning the women's doubles final against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and Elena Vesnina of Russia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandra Sekhar Rao offering sweets to State Ambassador and Tennis player Sania Mirza on the concluding day of the week long Telengana Formation day celebrations in Hyderabad.

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Sania Mirza with Indian team members being felicitated after winning the doubles match against Philippines' Katharina Lehnert and Anna Clarice Patrimonio during the Fed Cup Asia-Oceana Group II Tennis Championship in Hyderabad.

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Filmmaker Farah Khan and tennis star Sania Mirza at Fed Cup at LB stadium in Hyderabad.

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Sania Mirza yells to teammate Martina Hingis after defeating Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during a doubles final match at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston,

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Fans of Sania Mirza celebrate after being acknowledged by Mirza after she and teammate Martina Hingis defeated Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during a doubles final match at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston.

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Sania Mirza (left) and her teammate, Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, hold their trophies after defeating Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during a doubles final match at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston

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Tennis star and ambassador of Earth Hour 2015, Sania Mirza signs a poster during a press conference organised by WWF, in Hyderabad.

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At His Feet Few come close to matching Roger Federer’s elegant blemishes, leave aside his silken mastery. At the IPTL, Sania Mirza played alongside the master, and didn’t speak of anything else. As the Swiss bree­zed through the Indian leg, fans counted the day extremely fair.

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Micromax India Aces players celebrate the victory against Singapore Salmmers at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) at IGI stadium, in New Delhi.

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Micromax India Aces players Sania Mirza and Roger Federer during their mix doubles match against Singapore Salmmers at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) at IGI stadium, in New Delhi.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza speaks after she was announced as UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia, in New Delhi.

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Sania Mirza gets ready for Arpita's wedding. She posts this photo on her Facebook account saying: "What matters most is how you see yourself'

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Sania Mirza poses with Salman Khan at Arpita's wedding. She posts the photo on her Facebook account saying: My absolute favorite and a friend who is always there..

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Sania Mirza at Arpita Khan's wedding, posts photos on her Facebook timeline and writes: 15 selfies later.. BOOM @varundvn clicked one worth posting.

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Tennis star Sania Mirza with Chief Secretary of Telangana Ajay Sharma and Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma at an Anti Child sex-abuse rally in Hyderabad.

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Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley at the inauguration of the National Children’s Film Festival, in New Delhi. Tennis player, Sania Mirza and actress Sakshi Tanwar are also seen.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza during the Country Club 25 years celebrations in Hyderabad.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza meeting minor girl inmates at a residential hostel, Rainbow Home, at Musheerabad, Secunderabad.

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India's Sania Mirza, left, and Zimbabwe's Cara Black, right, stand with former champion Martina Navratilova and the trophy in her name after defeating Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei and China's Peng Shuai in the doubles final at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore.

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Sania Mirza and Zimbabwe's Cara Black hold their trophy aloft after defeating Taiwain's Hsieh Su-Wei and China's Peng Shuai in the doubles final at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore.

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Sania Mirza joins the Swachh Bharat campaign, in Hyderabad.

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Short Walks Of Stardom On court, facing the inevitable Slavic opponent, Sania Mirza doesn't appear to be this tall. As a showstopper for Ritu Pande's ‘Lady in Lace' at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, she towers over her designer friend. Like every girl, she loves fashion, says Sania, but is too shy to face the movie camera.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets the winners of the 17th Asian Games, Incheon, at the felicitation ceremony, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development, Youth Affairs & Sports Sarbananda Sonowal felicitates tennis player Sania Mirza during a felicitation ceremony for the 17th Asian Games Medalist in New Delhi.

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Combo image: Tennis star Sania Mirza walks the ramp at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza with family members during their visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza poses for a photograph during her visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

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Tennis star Sania Mirza poses during a visit to Taj Mahal in Agra.

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Golden Gizmo The nature of multi-discipline sporting events, like the Asian Games at Incheon, is that success comes in gushes, after bouts of despairing drought. Just as the clutch of defeats at latter stages irked us with their rich haul of bronze medals, Sania Mirza and Saketh Myneni got gold in mixed doubles. Wrestling, squash and boxing golds followed. Now for hockey!

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Tennis player Sania Mirza in action during the mixed doubles final match at the Asian Games in Incheon. Sania won the gold at the mixed doubles match.

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Gold medal winners India's Sania Mirza, right, and Saketh Sai Myneni celebrate after winning the mixed doubles tennis match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

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Sania Mirza, right, and Saketh Sai Myneni return a shot during the mixed doubles gold medal tennis match against Taiwan's Peng Hsien Yin and Chan Hao Ching at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The Indian pair won the Asian Games gold in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in 44 minutes.

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Gold medal winners Sania Mirza, right, and Saketh Sai Myneni celebrate after winning the mixed doubles tennis match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The second seeded Indian pair won in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in 44 minutes.

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Sania Mirza celebrates after winning the gold medal of the mixed doubles tennis match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza in action against Chinese Taipei's Chin Wei Chan and Su Wei Hsiehin during women's doubles semi-final match at Asian Games in Incheon. Indian pair of Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare settled for a bronze after losing the match.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Tennis star Sania Mirza in New Delhi.

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