Indian professional tennis player Sania Mirza (33)has created new history by becoming the 1st Indian to win Fed Cup Heart Award 2020 for Asia/Oceania She decided to give a prize money of $ 2000 to the Telangana Chief Minister Relief Fund to help battle against coronavirus. Sania is one of 4 winners chosen by a public vote, alongside Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia (wins Qualifiers award), Mexico’s Fernanda Contreras Gomez (Americas I zone) and Estonian Anett Kontaveit (Europe/Africa I zone). About Fed Cup Heart Award: It is a UK (United Kingdom) based International Tennis Federation (ITF) initiative established in 2009 to recognise players representing their countries in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas About Fed cup: It is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport with 108 nations entered in 2019 was launched in 1963. About Fed Cup Heart Award: It is an International Tennis Federation(ITF) initiative established in 2009 to recognise players representing their countries in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. About ITF: Headquarters– London, United Kingdom President– David Haggerty
Indian Tennis ace Sania Mirza becomes 1st Indian to win Fed Cup Heart award 2020
Sania Mirza, first Indian to be nominated for Fed Cup Heart Award
Sania Mirzabecame the first Indian to be nominated for the Fed Cup Heart Award from the Asia/Oceania Zone along with Priska Madelyn Nugroho of Indonesia, Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit and Luxembourg’s Eleonora Molinaro from Europe/Africa, Fernanda Contreras Gomes of Mexico and Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg from Americas. The voting for the award opens from 1st May until 8th Sania Mirza won the doubles match which helped her to win against Indonesia in the final Group 1 match and secured her a place in the playoff. In her comeback after giving birth in October 2018 in January 2020 pairing with Nadiia Kichenok, she secured the women’s double title at Hobart International.
40 years of sportstar
World badminton champion P.V. Sindhu launched the 40 Years of Sportstar, 40 Superstars book. The book was commissioned to commemorate Sportstar completing 40 years and features a champion for each year, ranging from Bjorn Borg, Kapil Dev, Mike Tyson and Imran Khan to Rahul Dravid, Michael Schumacher, S. Dhoni, Mary Komamong others. The 24-year-old Sindhu is one of the subjects, with tennis star Sania Mirza writing about her.