Sania Mirza: ‘I am not a morning person’

The 30-year-old player from Hyderabad, who is preparing for another shot at the women’s doubles title at the US Open, took time off her busy training schedule to share her thoughts on life and other issues with Sportstar.

Sania Mirza... a winner of six Grand Slam titles, she has virtually triggered a revolution of sorts in the country, as more and more girls are taking up tennis.   -  V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Sania Mirza, by virtue of her achievements on the world circuit, has become synonymous with women’s tennis in India. The winner of six Grand Slam titles has virtually triggered a revolution of sorts in the country, as more and more girls are taking up tennis. The 30-year-old from Hyderabad, who is preparing for another shot at the women’s doubles title at the US Open, took time off her busy training schedule to share her thoughts on life and other issues with Sportstar.

Question: Someone you would go to when you are in doubt.

Answer: My parents.

Your most memorable performances.

So many... Wimbledon, Singapore, Australian Open third round in the women’s singles in my first ever Slam.

The venue you would like to play at.

I love Wimbledon.

A favourite moment from your previous US Open.

Winning the mixed doubles and women’s doubles titles.

Your best friend in the world of sports.

Shoaib Malik.

Your sporting idol.

Steffi Graf, Usain Bolt.

How do you unwind?

Stay in pyjamas and watch a movie at home.

One thing that people don’t know about you.

I am not a morning person at all.

Favourite movie.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Favourite song.

‘Photograph’ by Ed Sheeran.

Favourite karaoke song.

‘I am a survivor’.

Favourite destination.

Maldives.

Favourite book.

‘My Sister’s Keeper’.

Secret talent.

Singing (kind of)...

If not a tennis player, what would you have been?

Interior designer.

Funny nicknames that you have been given.

Kuttu...