Tennis ace Sania Mirza on Monday grew to become the primary Indian to win the Fed Cup Coronary heart Award for her profitable return to the court docket put up motherhood. Sania gained the award for Asia/Oceania zone after securing a whopping 10,000 plus votes out of the full 16,985 solid for this yr’s three regional Group I nominees. The Fed Cup Coronary heart Award winners have been decided through on-line voting by followers which went on for per week ranging from Might 1.
Sania’s vote share of over 60 % of the full votes is an affidavit to the worldwide reputation of the Indian star on the Fed Cup competitors.
“It is an honour to win the Fed Cup Coronary heart Award as the primary Indian. I dedicate this award to your entire nation and to all my followers and thank everybody for voting for me. I hope to convey extra laurels to the nation sooner or later,” she stated in a press release issued by the All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA).
Sania made a comeback to Fed Cup after 4 years and helped India qualify for the playoffs for the primary time in historical past.
After giving beginning to her son, Izhaan in October 2018, Sania returned to the court docket in January this yr and immediately achieved success by clinching the ladies’s doubles title at Hobart Worldwide alongside Nadiia Kichenok.
Former world primary in doubles and six-time Grand Slam champion Sania beat Indonesia’s 16-year-old Priska Madelyn Nugroho for the award in Asia/Oceania regional class.
The winners from every class obtained USD 2000 as prize cash, which the 33-year-old Hyderabadi determined to donate to the Chief Minister’s Aid Fund to battle towards the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wish to donate the cash that I get from this award to the Telangana Chief Minister’s Aid Fund because the world goes by way of very troublesome instances with the virus,” stated Sania.
Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) emerged victorious from Europe/Africa and Fernanda Contreras Gomez of Mexico triumphed over Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg Royg from the Americas area.
The Fed Cup Coronary heart Award is an Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) initiative that was established in 2009 to recognise these Fed Cup gamers who characterize their international locations with distinction, present distinctive braveness on court docket and display excellent dedication to the beliefs of the competitors.