Sania Mirza wins the Fed Cup Heart Award

BENGALURU: If there is one thing Sania Mirza The return game has shown in the first three months of 2020, it is the heart.

The 33-year-old, back on the road after a difficult pregnancy, won her first tournament on her return in January. A few days later, he limped out of the Australian Open with tears, a calf injury that severely restricted his movement. The three-cm tear had healed when he returned to the court in late February, but he struggled to participate in WTA tournaments in Dubai and then Doha.

Undeterred, Sania moved on, preparing for Group 1 Asia-Oceania India Fed Cup commitments. With her 18-month-old son Izhaan in the stands, the Indian star won all three doubles matches, playing alongside Ankita Raina , while feeding an inexperienced side that included Rutuja Bhosle , Sowjanya Bavisetti and Riya Bhatia to the playoffs for the first time.

It stands to reason then that the glamorous Hyderabadi, who expressly hired a batting partner and a physio during the 10 days she spent in the Middle East before the start of the competition preparing meticulously, leaves with the Fed Cup Heart Award (Asia Oceania Group 1), with a $ 2,000 cash prize to donate to an Indian's charity of choice, which is the Telangana Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

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theaward,institutedin2009,givesfanstheopportunitytovotefortheplayerswhohaverepresentedtheircountrywithdistinction,showedexceptionalvalueonthecourt,anddemonstratedexceptionalcommitmenttotheteam.

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Showing heart, again.

SANIA QUOTE

"It's an honour to win the Fed Cup Heart Award as the first Indian. I dedicate this award to the entire country and to all my fans and thank everyone for voting for me. I hope to bring more laurels to the country in the future."

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