Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Sania Mirza : Changing the World?

India's rebel tennis star now makes it to the list of the the ten people capable of changing the world by London's intellectual weekly New Statesman. This comes days after she was declared by Time Asia as one of the Asian Heroes for 2005.

In his article on Sania Mirza, Jason Cowley writes:
It is difficult to believe that a slender, 18-year-old Muslim tennis player from India has the potential to change the world, but it is equally difficult to overestimate the effect Sania Mirza is having on millions of young men and women, and especially women, in the world's second most populous country. She is the first female Indian tennis player to be ranked in the world's top 40; indeed, she is the first significant female athlete of any kind, in a country where women have been typically discouraged from taking up sport. Mirza has the discipline, the tenacity, the flamboyance...

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