After the Perth Test triumph, sports enthusiasts were treated to a great match of tennis by 21 year old Sania Mirza. She gave a tough fight to the more experienced and vastly superior Venus Williams in the third round of the 2008 Australian Open.
She is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 18 in doubles. She was ranked 31st in the singles category and 18th in the doubles category in the WTA rankings of January 7, 2008,
In a match where the scores don’t quite reflect the stiff opposition put up by Sania, she lost 6-7, 4-6 to the 8th seeded Venus Williams , who is the reigning Wimbledon champion. At one stage, Sania was leading 5-3 in the first set.
Sania lost out because her serves were very poor compared to the 195 km. p.h booming aces delivered by Venus Williams.
Though she lost the match, Sania won the admiration of the viewing public for a spirited performance.