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When Sania Mirza hopped into history with Wimbledon crown

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For tennis star Sania Mirza, it was a special occasion. From The All England Tennis Club, she literally hopped into the history books on Saturday. Mirza won her maiden women’s doubles title at a Grand Slam with her partner Martina Hingis. The pair beat Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6, 7-5.

“I hope it inspires a lot of girls and makes them believe they can be Grand Slam champions too,” Mirza, who became the first woman player from India to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam trophy, said.

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“To come out here at Wimbledon, this is something we dream of as kids…Every kid that picks up a tennis racquet this is about winning Wimbledon or playing at Wimbledon one day.

“When we came out at 5-5 (the play was halted at this juncture due to bad light) we had goosebumps. The energy on the court, we were getting a standing ovation, it was unbelievable. We both came out and I said, This is what we play for, this is what we work for, this energy,” she said.

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And oh! That energy didn’t fade even after three gruelling sets. And it was visible in the way Mirza celebrated their win: she couldn’t stop jumping. To do something great you need a leap of faith, they say. Mirza proved on Saturday you can look perfectly cool with the leap(s) of fervour after doing something great.

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The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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