Sonia Gandhi hails Sania Mirza’s Khel Ratna award

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday congratulated Sania Mirza for receiving the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and said that the tennis star had done the nation proud. Gandhi lauded Sania’s commitment and determination and hailed her achievements in the sport.

Sania on Sunday conferred with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — the country’s highest sporting honour — at a glittering ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here. She became the second tennis player to receive the country’s highest sporting honour after Leander Paes.

Amongst Sania’s many achievements, what stands out is her women’s doubles triumph at Wimbledon with partner Martina Hingis earlier this year, becoming doubles world number one and now the Khel Ratna, country’s highest sporting honour.

“I would not like to pick any and say one was a bigger achievement than the other. It is a simply a huge honour to get this award. It has been an amazing year so far, becoming the world number one and winning the Wimbledon of course,” Sania said after receiving the award from President Mukherjee.