Sania: Rising to the top my greatest satisfaction

Speaking at the official launch of her book ‘Ace Against Odds’ at the Falaknuma Palace, tennis star Sania Mirza declared that rising to the top of the rankings in women's doubles was her greatest satisfaction.

Sania Mirza with Shahrukh Khan at the launch of her book 'Ace against Odds'.   -  Mohammed Yousuf

Tennis star Sania Mirza has said that she wants to quit on a high, whenever it happens, as the World No. 1 (she is currently ranked No.1 in women’s doubles) even as there is an intense desire to win a couple of more majors in the days to come.

Speaking at the official launch of her book ‘Ace Against Odds’ by film star Shahrukh Khan at the Falaknuma Palace here on Wednesday evening, the six-time Grand Slam winner said that the specific objective of coming out with the book (authored by Shivani Gupta) was to give her side of the story to many issues that dotted her career.

“Yes, it was tough to recap the three serious surgeries with the third one in 2010 being the most depressing. That was the phase when I shut myself away from everyone at home and used to spend hours alone in my room, wondering whether I would play again the sport I loved so much,” said a pensive Sania even as Shahrukh watched in admiration.

“For me, the greatest satisfaction was when I became the World No. 1 in women’s doubles, though there were many other special moments like winning the Grand Slams. And, the sense of pride I feel every time I represent my country in any international event is something which is unmatched for,” Sania said. “Hopefully, with all the support of the fans, friends and family members, I am hopeful of coming back with an Olympic medal next month,” she added.

For his part Shahrukh said that he graced the event not just because of his friendship with the Mirzas but as a token of recognition of her outstanding achievements amid adversity. “I sincerely wish all the ladies and girls are given their due respect by all of us for there are many who badly need such care and affection and respect to see India produces more champions in all fields,” he said.