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Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza

Gunjan Jain
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Overview

I have always been true to myself and my family, and I don’t ever want to be any other way.’

The first time Sania Mirza picked up a tennis racquet, she was just six years old. Twenty-three years on, the ace tennis star with several incredible achievements and a Padma Bhushan to her credit, feels anything but tiny, both on and off the court.

In a country obsessed with cricket, and with few women sports stars, Mirza crossed the $4 million-mark in net worth in 2014. At an age when most tennis players retire, she has given her career a fresh lease of life by turning her focus entirely to the doubles, and her partnership with former world no. 1, Martina Hingis, is paying off handsomely.

But what did it take for Sania Mirza to become an icon, to break the taboo around professional sports for young Indian girls? Read on as Gunjan Jain offers a glimpse into a journey that is compelling to say the least.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Nov/2018

Length : 15 Pages

Sania Mirza

Gunjan Jain
Overview

I have always been true to myself and my family, and I don’t ever want to be any other way.’

The first time Sania Mirza picked up a tennis racquet, she was just six years old. Twenty-three years on, the ace tennis star with several incredible achievements and a Padma Bhushan to her credit, feels anything but tiny, both on and off the court.

In a country obsessed with cricket, and with few women sports stars, Mirza crossed the $4 million-mark in net worth in 2014. At an age when most tennis players retire, she has given her career a fresh lease of life by turning her focus entirely to the doubles, and her partnership with former world no. 1, Martina Hingis, is paying off handsomely.

But what did it take for Sania Mirza to become an icon, to break the taboo around professional sports for young Indian girls? Read on as Gunjan Jain offers a glimpse into a journey that is compelling to say the least.

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Gunjan Jain

As an inspired writer, speaker and thought leader, Gunjan Jain is keen to interpret leadership. A principled follower of the Bhagvad Gita and Jnana Yoga, and the values they uphold, Gunjan's most compelling source of motivation is her keen interest in people - to learn from and connect with universally. She has studied in five countries across three continents. A graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA, with a BSc in economics and finance, Gunjan earned her Master's in investment management from Cass Business School, City University, UK. She holds a diploma in Image Management from the London Image Institute and the Academy of Image Mastery in Singapore, and a diploma on International Etiquette and Protocol from the finishing school, Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Switzerland. An explorer at heart, Gunjan travels where work takes her globally and currently has her roots in New Delhi, Mumbai and London.

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