Sania Mirza added yet another feather in her cap on Tuesday, by becoming only the second tennis player to be nominated for the prestigious ‘Khel Ratna’ award.
The 28-year-old Indian star created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a doubles Grand Slam and become the World No. 1 doubles player this season. She has been recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, which is the highest sporting honour in India.
Leander Paes had previously won the award in 1996, after winning the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Mirza beat the likes of squash player Deepika Pallikal, discus thrower Vikas Gowda, track and field star Tintu Luka, rising shuttler P V Sindhu, and hockey captain Sardar Singh to win the award. Sania has already won the Arjuna (2004) and the Padma Shri (2006) awards, and is currently in Toronto for the Rogers Cup doubles event with partner Martina Hingis. She also tweeted her delight at the news.
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 11, 2015