(Last Updated on : 17/09/2014)
Female Tennis Players of India played a vital role in the world of Tennis. Some of the notable female tennis players like Sania Mirza, Prerna Bhambri, Khanum Haji, Khanum Haji and other popular tennis players played for the country.
Ankita Bhambri is a former professional tennis player from India. Her highest career singles ranking is World No. 332, which she achieved in May 2006. In her career, Bhambri won a total of 7 ITF Women's Circuit singles and 8 doubles titles. She has played on the WTA Tour on 5 occasions, losing in round one at Hyderabad
and Hyderabad and Kolkata
(2005); and Bangalore
and Kolkata (2006). Her sister Sanaa, brother Yuki and cousins Prerna and Prateek Bhambri also play tennis professionally.
Prerna Bhambri is an Indian tennis player. Bhambri has won two singles titles on the ITF tour. She reached her best singles ranking of world number 632 on 1 August 2011. In January 2012, Prerna Bhambri made her debut for the India Fed Cup team.
Sanaa Bhambri is a former professional tennis player from India. Her highest singles ranking is World No. 434, which she achieved in October 2005. She has won one $25,000 ITF doubles event at Lagos, Nigeria in 2005 and competed in three WTA Tour event main draws. In her career, Bhambri won 2 ITF singles titles and 12 doubles titles.
Rushmi Chakravarthi is a professional tennis player from India. She has won a record 45 ITF Women's Circuit titles, the highest number set by an Indian female player. She turned professional after playing in the first round of the WTA Tour Sunfeast Open Tournament held at Kolkata in September 2005.
Khanum Haji was an Indian tennis player from Hyderabad. She was the women's champion in the first-ever Grass Court National Championship of India, held in 1946.
Tara Iyer is a professional tennis player from India who has won four ITF singles tennis titles and one doubles title.
Isha Lakhani is an Indian tennis player. She has been a member of the India Fed Cup team.
Malhotra represented India at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in Women's Doubles partnering Nirupama Vaidyanathan, but lost in the first round to Jelena Dokic and Rennae Stubbs. Malhotra had her most successful career in 2002, where she was the runner-up and won the Silver Medal at the Busan Asian Games, partnering Mahesh Bhupathi. Malhotra took part in the 2003 Hyderabad Open but lost in the first round.
Nirupama Mankad is a former Indian tennis player. Nirupama Mankad is the daughter of G. Vasant, a leading tennis player in India in his time. She survives her husband, the late Ashok Mankad, a former Indian Test cricketer. Their son Harsh Mankad is an Indian Davis Cup player.
Sania Mirza is a professional Indian tennis player born in Mumbai
and currently resides at Hyderabad, India. Sania started her tennis career in 2003 and has been quite fond of the game of Tennis right from her childhood. Her father, Imran Mirza is the person, who has coached Sania Mirza throughout her career so far and she has also taken coaching from some of the other world class coaches. After turning professional in the year 2003, Sania Mirza became the first Indian female tennis player to have made it to the 4th round of a Grand Slam tournament. She achieved this feat at the 2005 US Open. An exciting future prospect, she is the highest ranked Indian female tennis player till date. At the end of the year 2004, Sania was ranked 206. But with some impressive performances in the last couple of years, her ranking has jumped into the top 50s.
Ankita Raina is an Indian professional tennis player. She is ranked no. 1 in India and no. 463 in the world as of may 6, 2013.
Ashvarya Shrivastava is a professional tennis player from India. She formerly played for the India Fed Cup team. Her career high singles ranking is No. 653, which she achieved in October 2011.
Shikha Uberoi is an Indian-American professional tennis player. Her highest ranking is 122nd in the world in singles, which she achieved on August 29, 2005.
Nirupama Sanjeev was born in the Southern Indian town of Coimbatore and started playing tennis at the age of five. She was influenced very much by her cousins, K.G.Suresh and K.G. Ramesh, and her brother Ganesh, all of whom played tennis at the national level. Her father K.S. Vaidyanathan was a cricketer who had played for Tamil Nadu in Ranji Cricket tournament coached her at the start of her career. Her first tennis tournament foray was the National under 12 tournament; where she reached the semi-final and went on to win her 1st National title in Under 14 age group at the age of 13. One year later in 1991, she won the National Women's title at age 14. She won the National Women's title in 1992-1996. In her younger days she did not have much competition in the Girls draw and she played in the Boys draw and won most of the titles. On 23 May 2002, she married Sanjeev Balakrishnan, a software engineer from Bay Area, California; the brother of the Indian sprinter Rajeev Balakrishnan. She therefore changed her surname, Vaidyanathan, to her husband's first name, Sanjeev.