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Match point for Sania Mirza

It’s another love-all start for Sania Mirza. The Indian tennis star, who has been plagued by injuries over the last two years, looks to be on the cusp of a new doubles partnership. However, this time, it is off the court, reports Deepti Patwardhan.

sports Updated: May 28, 2009 22:54 IST
Deepti Patwardhan

It’s another love-all start for Sania Mirza. The Indian tennis star, who has been plagued by injuries over the last two years, looks to be on the cusp of a new doubles partnership. However, this time, it is off the court.

A family source told HT on Thursday that Sania is set to get engaged to long-time friend Sohrab Mirza on July 10 in her hometown, Hyderabad. It is learnt that invitations have already been sent out.

“The boy is not related to them,” the source said after being asked about the common surname. “She knows him from her school days.” The groom-to-be is a businessman from Hyderabad.

Sania burst on to the scene at the 2005 Australian Open as a teenager and has literally grown up under the public eye. Being the biggest pin-up girl in Indian sports, she has been linked to men, right from the tennis court to tinsel town—most notably actor Shahid Kapoor.

While she has had to keep her eye on the ball despite multiple off-court controversies, the 23-year-old has also slipped in the women’s rankings owing to injuries and growing competition.

Sania, however, made a comeback earlier this year when he became the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam. She teamed up with India’s Mahesh Bhupathi to win the Australian Open mixed doubles crown.

Currently playing at the French Open, Sania may soon join the brigade of young tennis players looking to settle down early in life.