New Delhi: Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza returned back to India on Tuesday after winning the WTA Finals title alongside Zimbabwean Cara Black.
The 27-year-old, dedicated the victory to her country. “This title is for India, my country,” an emotional Saina said.
It was Saina's maiden appearance in the prestigious tournament and interestingly she ran away with the title.
The Hyderabad player has become the the first Indian woman to clinch this title. In fact, last time any Indian won the season finale was four decades back when Vijay Amritraj in 1977 won the men's event along with American Dick Stockton.
Sania further added, "It's a very special feeling, to be the first Indian in such a long time.”
This year has been quite successful for Sania. First she won the mixed doubles crown at the US Open, then a gold and a bronze medal at the Asian Games, another title in Japan, before winning the WTA Finals.
In fact, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi also congratulated the India tennis star on Monday via micro-blogging site twitter.
Congratulations to @MirzaSania for the victory in WTA finals. This is yet another proud accomplishment!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 27, 2014