Sania Mirza on Monday won the Fed Cup Heart Award and with this becomes the first Indian to win this award. Sania was nominated alongside Priska Madelyn Nugroho from the Asia/Ocenia Zone. The Fed Cup is a premiere international women tennis competition launched in 1963.
The Fed Cup Heart Award is a “MVP” award given to a player, who has represented the country with distinction and shown exceptional courage on and off the court. The award was inaugurated in 2009.
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Sania Mirza said, “It’s an honour to win the Fed Cup Heart Award as the first Indian. I dedicate this award to the entire country and to all my fans and thank everyone for voting for me. I hope to bring more laurels to the country in the future”.
Along with the award Sania also received a cheque of 2000$ which she will be donating in the charity seeing the ongoing Coronavirus global crisis. In the last year Ashleigh Barty from Australia was honoured with Fed Cup Heart Award.
Sania Mirza played a key role in India’s acquiring first ever place in Fed Cup playoffs. Sania won decisive doubles match that helped India securing their win over Indonesia.
Sania came back strong after giving birth to her son Izhaan. Sania Mirza won the qualifier award for her win against 23 times grand slam champion Serena Williams. Sania Mirza throughout her career won 6 Grand Slam titles. She won 3 Grand Slam Doubles and 3 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles.
Sania won the women’s doubles title at Hobart International, pairing up with Nadiia Kichenok, in her comeback competition
Sania Mirza was awarded with Arjuna Award (2004), Padma Shri in 2006 and Padma Bhushan in 2016 for her exceptional contributions in the field of Sports and bringing so many titles to India.
Sports Minister Kiran Rijju congratulated the Tennis Star for her win.
Congratulations Sania Mirza on becoming the First Indian to win Fed Cup Heart award!
The award is a befitting recognition of your hardwork and the distinction that you have shown on court making India proud???????? https://t.co/xAEATzIHOg
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 11, 2020