Sania Mirza (Hindi- सानिया मिर्ज़ा) (born 15 November 1986, in Mumbai, India) is a professional Indian tennis player. She began her tennis career in 2003. She is well-known for her powerful forehand ground strokes. She is the first ever Indian to break into the top 30 WTA rankings. Mirza has defeated many top players, including Svetlana Kuznetsova and Martina Hingis.
In 2004 she was awarded the Arjuna award by the Indian Government. In 2006, Mirza was awarded a Padma Shri, India's fourth highest honor for her achievements as a tennis player. In March 2010, The Economic Times named Mirza in the list of the "33 women who made India proud".