Will 2014 be the year that India’s tennis star Sania Mirza wins a Grand Slam doubles titles with a female partner? In 2013 she won five Women’s Tennis Association tournament titles with an assortment of partners. She is now a full-time doubles player having retired from playing singles and has developed a reputation for being a consistently outstanding doubles player. Unfortunately, her career is missing that Women’s Grand Slam doubles title but her success in 2013 suggests that once she finds one regular female partner she will be able to find her way to the victory podium.
For Sania Mirza to be able to achieve more consistent success as a doubles player she needs to find another player who is willing to focus only on doubles so they can develop the synergy of the best players. She is ranked in the top 10 in the world for doubles but to make the challenge for the top 5 she needs a consistent partner instead of having to find a different partner for every tournament.
In three of the four Grand Slam tournaments in 2013 she played with a different partner and the farthest she reached was the semi-finals. For a player such as herself who is now devoted solely to doubles play she needs a partner who is similarly committed to doubles play because the stakes are so great and the level of competition is so high.
The era of players successfully competing in singles and doubles events is slowly coming to an end as only the best singles players in the world, notably Serena Williams, have the stamina and mental focus to be able to play the large number of matches that one might play when they compete in both singles and doubles competition. Sania Mirza has demonstrated with her success as a women’s doubles player in 2013 that she is ready to add to her title collection with a women’s Grand Slam Doubles title, all she needs is a regular partner.