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US OPEN TENNIS 2005
Sania Mirza (IND) Marion Bartoli (FRA) hits a backhand in her match against Sania Mirza (IND) during day 5 at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York on September 2, 2005. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo)
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Sania Mirza (Telugu: సానియా మీర్జా), (born 15 November 1986) is a professional Indian tennis player. She began her tennis career in 2003. In 2004 she was awarded the Arjuna award by the Indian Government. She is known for her powerful forehand ground strokes.

Mirza was born to Imran Mirza, a sports journalist, and his wife Nasima in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She was brought up in Hyderabad in a religious family. Mirza began playing tennis at the age of six, turning professional in 2003. She was trained by her father and other family members. She attended Nasr school in Hyderabad and later graduated from St. Mary's College.

In April 2003, Mirza made her debut in the India Fed Cup team, winning all three singles matches. She also won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls' Doubles title, teaming up with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.

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