TELANGANA: Sania Mirza on Monday became the first Indian to win the Fed Cup Heart Award for showing exceptional courage in her return to the tennis court after giving birth.
I want to donate the funds that I get from this award to the Telangana CM relief Fund as the world is going through very difficult times with the virus .. thank you all 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/bdK3WeUxkK— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) May 11, 2020
India’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports congratulated Sania.
Congratulations Sania Mirza on becoming the First Indian to win Fed Cup Heart award! The award is a befitting recognition of your hardwork and the distinction that you have shown on court making India proud🇮🇳 https://t.co/xAEATzIHOg— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 11, 2020
The Tennis star won the Hobart International doubles title after returning to tennis earlier this year following a two-year-long maternity break. Sania has announced donating the prize money to Telangana coronavirus relief fund.
The winners of the Heart Awards were determined by online voting by fans.
@FedCup Heart Awards online fan voting is live now. @MirzaSania represents 🇮🇳 for the first time in this award race from the Asia/Oceania region. More info and the link to vote ▶️ https://t.co/dzxW9jFyl1#AITATennis 🇮🇳🎾 pic.twitter.com/imUUWDqmId— All India Tennis Association (@AITA__Tennis) May 1, 2020
Sania Mirza, arguably India’s finest-ever women’s tennis player, returned to Fed Cup competition for the first time since 2016 and guided Team India with her stunning performance, recording three doubles wins in the Asia/Oceania Group I tournament earlier this year in March.