Sania Mirza nominated for Fed Cup Heart award

Sania had recently made a comeback to Fed Cup after four years, helping India qualify for the Play-offs for the first time.

The Indian team which qualified for the Fed Cup World Group play-off for the first time in history. (From left): Captain Vishaal Uppal, Ankita Raina, Riya Bhatia, Sania Mirza, Rutuja Bhosale and Sowjanya Bavisetti.   -  Special Arrangement

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on Thursday became the first Indian to be nominated for the Fed Cup Heart Award from the Asia/Oceania zone along with Indonesia’s Priska Medelyn Nugrorho.

Sania had recently made a comeback to Fed Cup after four years. With her 18-month son Izhaan present in the stands, Sania helped India qualify for the Play-offs for the first time.

“Stepping on to the court for the first time in India colours was a moment of pride for me, back in 2003. It has been an eighteen year long journey since then and I feel extremely proud and privileged to have contributed to the success of Indian tennis,” Sania was quoted as saying in an AITA release.

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“The Fed Cup result at the Asia/Oceania tournament last month is one of the greatest achievements of my playing career. These are the moments an athlete plays for and I am grateful to the Fed Cup Heart Awards selection panel for this recognition,” added the 33-year-old.

Fans will determine the winners of the Heart Awards by online voting, which will go live on May 1 and will go on until May 8.

In Fed Cup Heart Award’s 11th edition this year, Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) and Eleonora Molinaro (Luxembourg) have been nominated from Europe/Africa zone while Fernanda Contreras Gomez of Mexico and Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg have been nominated from the Americas.

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