New Delhi: Tennis fans in the country have much to rejoice with the arrival of their star lady Sania Mirza’s autobiography on the book stands this July. Current world number one women’s doubles player Sania Mirza is in a hope of inspiring Indian youngsters to pursue the sport with her autobiography Sania Mirza: Ace against Odds. The book, which will be published by Harper Collins, has been penned by Sania with her father Imran Mirza.
“I hope the book is a useful roadmap to guide the next generation of tennis players from India. If my story can inspire even one youngster to the heights of winning a Grand Slam in the future, I will feel blessed,” Sania said in a statement.
The autobiography chronicles her rise to the top, and is peppered with anecdotes where she talks about the difficulties and hardships as well as the joys and triumphs that came her way. The book also contains some memorable encounters of the player on and off the court and the people and relationships that have contributed to her growth as a person and a sportsperson.
A product of publishing giant, Harper Collins, Ace against Odds plays host to several of Mirza’s personal stories. “Sania’s is an extraordinary achievement and her autobiography is as compelling as it is inspirational. We are privileged to be able to work with her on the book,” Karthika VK, publisher and chief editor, Harper Collins said.
From hogging the limelight after winning the Wimbledon’s Championships Girls’ Doubles title at the age of 16 to registering 41 consecutive wins with her doubles partner Martina Hingis, she is in the peak with her illustrious career now.
The high profile tennis star, who is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, is among the highest paid athletes in the country. She was listed in the Time’s list of 100 most influential personalities in the world along with fellow Indians Raghuram Rajan and Priyanka Chopra.
The tennis ace not only received the honor but it was none other than cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar who wrote her profile. Tendulkar wrote, “Sania’s confidence, strength and resilience reach beyond tennis. She has inspired a generation of Indians to pursue their dreams — and to realize that they can also be the best.” “The Mirzas probably knew what the future held for their daughter,” wrote Tendulkar. “Her name, Sania, means brilliant,” he added.