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Sania Mirza at Wimbledon – through the years – SportsMediaz


Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, along with her Croatian partner Mate Pavic, faces second-seeded British-American pair of Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk in the mixed doubles semifinal at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

This is already the best performance in the mixed doubles category at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) for Sania, who had previously reached the quarterfinals in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

The Indian, who is set to retire at the end of this season, has one final chance to achieve a Career Slam in mixed doubles. Sania, along with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi, won the mixed doubles titles at 2009 Australian Open and 2012 French Open before going all the way at the 2014 US Open with Bruno Soares of Brazil.

Here’s how Sania Mirza has fared at Wimbledon through the years:-

2001-03: Junior Championships

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India’s Sania Mirza (right) and Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova (left) pose with the Wimbledon Girls Doubles winner’s trophy at the All England Lawn Tennis Club on July 6, 2003 in London.   –  GETTY IMAGES

 

Sania Mirza first played at the AELTC as a 14-year-old during the 2001 Wimbledon Junior Championships where she reached the second round in singles while exiting from girls’ doubles in the opening round. In 2003, Sania became the first Indian female tennis player to win a Grand Slam at any level when she, along with Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova, clinched the girls’ doubles title with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over the pair of Katerina Bohmova of Czech Republic and Michaela Krajicek of the Netherlands.

Year Singles Doubles
2001 2nd Round 1st Round
2002 1st Round 1st Round
2003 2nd Round Won the title

 

2005-10: Senior level debut, mixed doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi

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FILE PHOTO: Sania Mirza beat Japan’s Akiko Morigami 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 on her Wimbledon debut on June 20, 2005.   –  GETTY IMAGES

 

Sania made her senior level debut at Wimbledon in 2005. The Indian, who was the then world number 75, beat Japan’s Akiko Morigami 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 in the opening round before losing to 5th-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6 in the next match.

Three years later, Sania was seeded 32nd and came the closest she has ever been to making it to the third round. She defeated Columbian Catalina Castano 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4 in the first round. In the round of 64, she squandered four match points in a 0-6, 6-4, 7-9 loss to Spanish qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

During the above mentioned period, Sania’s best performance in women’s doubles came in 2008. American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania were seeded 13th and pretty much cruised through the first three rounds. However, in the quarterfinals, they were up against the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, who beat them 6-4, 6-3.

In mixed doubles, she teamed up with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi, the first Indian to win a Grand Slam, for three consecutive years. The Mirza-Bhupathi pair entered the 2009 Wimbledon having won the Australian Open earlier that year but at the AELTC, they crashed out in the third round after a 2-6, 7-6 (2), 3-6 loss to top seeds Leander Paes and Cara Black.

Year Singles Women’s Doubles Mixed Doubles
2005 2nd Round 1st Round (with Anna Chakvetadze of Russia) 2nd Round (with Simon Aspelin of Sweden)
2006 1st Round 2nd Round (with Michaella Krajicek of The Netherlands) 3rd Round (with Pavel Vizner of Czech Republic)
2007 2nd Round 3rd Round (with Shahar Peer of Israel) 2nd Round (with Mahesh Bhupathi)
2008 2nd Round Quarterfinals (with Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US) 2nd Round (with Mahesh Bhupathi)
2009 2nd Round 2nd Round (with Chia Jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei) 3rd Round (with Mahesh Bhupathi)
2010 1st Round 2nd Round (with Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark) Did not play

 

2011-14: Last appearance in singles, doubles semifinals with Vesnina

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FILE PHOTO: Sania Mirza returns a shot to France’s Virginie Razzano on what proved to be her final appearance in singles at Wimbledon on June 21, 2011.   –  AP

Struggles with wrist injuries meant that Sania’s 6-7 (4), 6-2, 3-6 loss to Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano in the first round was her final appearance in singles at Wimbledon in 2011. At the same edition, the Indo-Russian duo of Sania and Elena Vesnina was seeded fourth. Sania and Vesnina had reached the French Open final few weeks earlier but at the AELTC, the pair was defeated 3-6, 1-6 by eventual champions Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik in the semifinals.

In 2012, Sania and Mattek-Sands suffered their second defeat at the hands of Williams sisters, this time in the third round. However, having won the mixed doubles crown at French Open, Sania and Bhupathi were favourites for Wimbledon title. The fifth-seeded pair, given a bye in the opening round, was instead knocked out in the second round after a straight sets defeat.

Year Singles Women’s Doubles Mixed Doubles
2011 1st Round Semifinals (with Elena Vesnina of Russia) Quarterfinals (with Rohan Bopanna)
2012 Did not play 3rd Round (with Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US) 2nd Round (with Mahesh Bhupathi)
2013 Did not play 3rd Round (with Liezel Huber of the US) Quarterfinals (with Horia Tecau of Romania)
2014 Did not play 2nd Round (with Cara Black of Zimbabwe) 3rd Round (with Horia Tecau of Romania)

 

2015-17: Women’s Doubles title with Martina Hingis

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Sania Mirza (right) and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis (left) celebrate after winning the women’s doubles final at Wimbledon on July 11, 2015.   –  Getty Images

Ten years after her main draw debut, Sania finally tasted success at Wimbledon in 2015. Sania and Swiss legend Martina Hingis were the top seeds in women’s doubles and they justified it as team ‘Santina’ clinched the title while dropping just one set in six matches.

The following year, the Indian entered both doubles categories as the top seed but she could neither defend her women’s doubles title with Hingis nor make a deep run with Croatia’s Ivan Dodig in the mixed doubles.

Year Women’s Doubles Mixed Doubles
2015 Won the title (with Martina Hingis of Switzerland) Quarterfinals (with Bruno Soares of Brazil)
2016 Quarterfinals (with Martina Hingis of Switzerland) 2nd Round (with Ivan Dodig of Croatia)
2017 3rd Round (with Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium) 3rd Round (with Ivan Dodig)

 

2021-22: Comeback after maternity leave, best performance in mixed doubles

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FILE PHOTO: Sania Mirza plays a shot during her first round match in women’s doubles at Wimbledon on July 1, 2021.   –  AFP

After missing the 2018 season due to knee injury and 2019 due to maternity leave, Sania returned to professional tennis in 2020. However, her much-awaited return to Wimbledon was postponed by a year as the COVID-19 pandemic meant that The Championships had to be cancelled for the first time in history.

In 2021, playing at her first Wimbledon in four years, Sania paired up again with Mattek-Sands in women’s doubles but lost to the all-Russian duo of her former partner Vesnina and Veronika Kudermetova in the second round. In mixed doubles, Sania and Bopanna suffered a heartbreaking 3-6, 6-3, 9-11 defeat at the hands of Jean-Julien Rojer and Andreja Klepac in the third round.

The ongoing edition has seen her achieve her best result in mixed doubles. Sania, along with her Croatia’s Mate Pavic, beat the fourth-seeded Canadian-Australian duo of Gabriela Dabrowski and John Peers 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to reach her first-ever semifinal at The Championships.

At the same time, the Indian has also experienced her earliest exit from women’s doubles at the AELTC. Sania and Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka, sixth-seeded team, lost 6-4, 4-6, 2-6 to the scratch pairing of Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia and Poland’s Magdalena Frech in the opening round.

Year Women’s Doubles Mixed Doubles
2021 2nd Round (with Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US) 3rd Round (with Rohan Bopanna)
2022 1st Round (with Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic) Yet to be finished

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