Indian tennis superstar Sania Mirza won the WTA Finals women’s doubles title in Singapore with the Swiss Miss, Martina Hingis, this weekend. But she won something else that should shine even when the gleam on the trophy has faded a little: Mirza won the kind of praise players dream about during endless practice sessions as they drive toward elusive perfection. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova said Mirza was “just awesome.”
With that judgement in her pocket, Mirza will never have reason to doubt her outsize talent again — even when, as happens even to champions, things don’t go perfectly. Not that Mirza’s got any reason to doubt. The 28-year-old has won 9 titles this year, including this year’s US Open. Navratilova called the Mirza-Hingis WTA win (6-0, 6-3) a “dominating performance from the world #1 team,” singling out Mirza for special praise tweeting “particularly Sania — just awesome.” Mirza, from Mumbai and then Hyderabad, is the most accomplished female Indian player in history, long ranked #1 in Inida in singles as well as doubles. (She retired from singles in 2013.) Navratilova, besides her commanding singles record, won 177 doubles titles. Just awesome.