Saniya Mirza started playing tennis at the tender age of six in the Nizam Club Hyderabad, till the age of 12 she was able to get the sponsors and started to train at the Sinnet Tennis Academy, Secunderabad at the professional level later she shifted to Ace Tennis academy in United States.
Saniya started her professional career at the age of 17 years; her first international tournament was World junior championship, Jakarta. She created history in India when in the year 2005 she raced to the 3rd and 4th rounds of many Grand Slam tournaments. Soon she became the youth Icon of India.
For her services in the field of tennis the government of India felicitated her with Arjuna award in the year of 2004. In the year 2005 Saniya became the hottest talking point in the Indian tennis scenario when she went up to 4th round in U.S. Open and up to 3rd round in Australian open tournaments.
Saniya Mirza holds the current ITF ranking of 53in singles category and 25 in doubles category (As on 19, January 2007). She achieved the career high rankings in the singles of 31 on 10.10.2005 and 25 in the doubles category on 13.11.2006. Her short career is somewhat injury prone and she requires strict Physical fitness regime.
Her strong right handed forehand play and strong double-handed backhand and hitting her strokes naturally hard makes her a player to watch. Some people compare her with the likes of Romanian tennis great Ilie Nastase.