New Delhi: Indian tennis queen Sania Mirza is set to be awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award according to reports on Tuesday.
Sania's name has been approved for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award after the sports ministry had earlier recommended to forward her name to the committee.
It is a new feather in the cap for the women's doubles player who is ranked No. 1 in the world alongside partner Martina Hingis.
Earlier, according to a report in the Hindustan Times, the sports ministry on 1st August, Friday decided to forward tennis star Sania Mirza's name to the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards committee.
Having captured the mixed doubles gold with Saketh Myneni, bronze in women’s doubles with Prarthana Thombare at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the US Open mixed doubles title with Bruno Soares last year, 28-year-old is the clear favorite in the race to win this year's award.
However, Her recent triumph at Wimbledon will not be counted.
Mirza's has already been conferred with Arjuna Award in 2004 and Padma Shri in 2006.