Indian Prime Minister, President laud Sania Mirza’s Wimbledon victory

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee lead the country in congratulating Sania Mirza who becomes the first Indian woman to win a grand slam doubles title at Wimbledon

NEW DELHI, INDIA (JULY 12, 2015) (ANI) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee led the country in congratulating Sania Mirza who became the first Indian woman to win a grand slam doubles title at Wimbledon on Sunday (July 12).

Partnering Switzerland’s Martina Hingis, Mirza won her first doubles major and her fourth grand slam title overall by defeating the Russian pairing of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

On Mirza’s famous win, Modi tweeted: “Well played Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza. You played wonderful tennis and registered a fantastic win at Wimbledon. We are proud and very happy.”

President Mukherjee too followed suit by congratulating Mirza and saying her achievement would inspire the youth of India.

Director of All India Tennis Association, Colonel Ranbir Chauhan said Mirza’s ‘historic’ achievement would encourage many other young Indian girls.

“Sania Mirza’s victory at Wimbledon last night was absolutely marvelous. It has brought laurels to the nation. All the children of the country would get motivated. A lot of girls would come up and pick up the racket and will start playing and will work hard. This achievement is absolutely unparalleled,” said Chauhan in New Delhi on Sunday.

Former Indian tennis player, Ankita Bhambri, said on Sunday Mirza’s win is an achievement for India.

“It’s a great achievement for Indian tennis. For all those parents who think that it is a road that cannot be achieved, it’s a milestone that no one can reach; she has proved everyone wrong,” said Bhambri in New Delhi.

Mirza and Hingis produced a stirring fightback to claim the Wimbledon women’s doubles title under the Centre Court roof lights on Sunday.

After being down 2-5 in the final set, Mirza and Hingis put up a spirited fight to level proceedings at 5-5 when the roof had to be shut as darkness fell on the All England Club.

While Mirza lifted her first, it was Hingis’ third Wimbledon trophy after her doubles victories in 1996 and 1998.

Mirza previously became the first Indian woman to win a grand slam tournament when she partnered compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi to lift the Australian Open mixed doubles trophy in 2009.

She subsequently won the French open mixed doubles in 2012, also with Bhupathi, and the US Open mixed doubles along with Bruno Soares in 2014.

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