Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sanjay Dutt and Suneil Shetty shoot Ad film Shades Eyewear

Event: Sanjay Dutt and Suneil Shetty shoot Ad film

Celebrities: Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Shetty 

Venue: Mehboob Studios, Bandra, Mumbai

Date: 10th July, 2009
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Neha Dhupia Sameera Reddy and Item Girls De Dhana Dhan Movie shooting

Event: Film "De Dhana Dhan" shooting

Celebrities: Neha Dhupia, Sameera Reddy and Item Girls

Venue: Mehboob Studios, Bandra, Mumbai

Date: 10th July, 2009
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Adita Wahi Aruna Irani Deepak Tijori Raj Zutshi Ratan Rajpu Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo Success Party

Event: Zee TV Show Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo Success Party
Celebrities: Adita Wahi, Aruna Irani, Deepak Tijori, Raj Zutshi, Ratan Rajput, Sheela Sharma, Neena Kulkarni, Sudesh beri 
Venue: Sky Lounge Andheri
Date: 10th July, 2009
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Badshah of Bollywood is now Dr Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan stands alongside his wife Gauri after being given an a honorary doctorate in Arts and Culture from the University of Bedfordshire at a ceremony held at a hotel in London.

London, July 10 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan Friday became Dr. Shah Rukh Khan. He was presented an honorary doctorate in arts and culture by Bedfordshire University at a ceremony here for his contribution to culture.

Les Ebdon, vice chancellor of the university, presented the honorary doctorate to Shah Rukh.

Dressed in the traditional scholar's robe, the Indian superstar looked slightly bemused as he walked into the hall in a procession of scholars led by Ebdon.

Shah Rukh was nominated by Routes to Roots, an NGO that works across the SAARC region to bring South Asian people together, for the doctorate "in recognition of his exceptional achievement as a film actor and producer".

Indian High Commissioner Shiv Shankar Mukherjee and Rakesh Gupta of Routes 2 Roots were also present.

Bedfordshire University, whose 29,000 students include 1,300 from India, was ranked second in Britain for dance, sixth for journalism and 11th for marketing accounts in a 2008 national survey.

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Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza
Country  India
Residence Hyderabad, India
Date of birth November 15, 1986 (1986-11-15) (age 22)
Place of birth Mumbai, India
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 57 kg[1]
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right (two-handed backhand)
Career prize money US$ 1,435,879
Career record 202–105 (64.6%)
Career titles 1 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest ranking No. 27 (August 27, 2007)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 3r (2005, 2008)
French Open 2r (2007)
Wimbledon 2r (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)
US Open 4r (2005)
Career record 149–76
Career titles 8 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 18 (September 10, 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2007, 2008)
French Open 3R (2006)
Wimbledon QF (2008)
US Open QF (2007)
Mixed Doubles
Career record {{{mixedrecord}}}
Career titles
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open W (2009)
French Open 2R (2007)
Wimbledon 3R (2006)
US Open QF (2007)
Last updated on: June 15, 2009.
Medal record
Women's Tennis
Asian Games
Gold 2006 Doha Mixed Doubles
Silver 2006 Doha Singles
Silver 2006 Doha Team

Sania Mirza (Urdu: ثانیا مِرزا), born 15 November 1986, is an Indian tennis player. She started her tennis career in 2003. In 2004 she was awarded the Arjuna award by the Indian Government.


Early life

Mirza was born to a sports journalist, Imran Mirza and her mother Nasima in Mumbai. She was brought up in Hyderabad in a religious Muslim family. Mirza began playing tennis at the age of six, turning professional in 2003. She was trained by her father, as well as her other family members. She went to Nasr school in Hyderabad and later graduated from St. Mary's College.


In April 2003, Mirza made her debut in the India Fed Cup team, winning all three singles matches. Mirza won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls' Doubles title, teaming up with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.

Mirza is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 18 in doubles. She holds the distinction of being the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam tennis tournament. Earlier in 2005, she had become the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2005 U.S. Open, defeating Mashona Washington, Maria Elena Camerin and Marion Bartoli. In 2004, she finished runner-up at the Asian Tennis Championship. In winning, with Mahesh Bhupathi, the Mixed Doubles event at the 2009 Australian Open, she became the first Indian woman to win any grand slam event.

In 2005, Mirza reached the third round of the Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams. On February 12, 2005, she became the first Indian woman to win a WTA singles title, defeating Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine in the Hyderabad Open Finals. As of September 2006, Mirza has notched up three top 10 wins; against Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Martina Hingis. At the 2006 Doha Asian Games, Mirza won the silver in the women's singles category and the gold in the mixed doubles partnering Leander Paes. She was also part of the Indian women's team that won the silver in the team event.

In 2006, Mirza was awarded a Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour for her contribution to Tennis.

Mirza had the best results of her career during the 2007 summer hardcourt season, finishing eighth in the 2007 U.S. Open Series standings. She reached the final of the Bank of the West Classic and won the doubles event with Shahar Pe'er, and reached the quarterfinals of the Tier 1 Acura Classic.

At the 2007 U.S. Open, she reached the third round before losing to Anna Chakvetadze for the third time in recent weeks. She fared much better in the doubles, reaching the quarterfinals in mixed with her partner Mahesh Bhupathi and the quarterfinals in the women's doubles with Bethanie Mattek, including a win over number two seeds Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur.

She represented India at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, in the women's singles and doubles events. In singles, she retired in the round of 64, while she was trailing 1-6, 1-2 against Iveta Benešová of Czech Republic. She teamed up with Sunitha Rao for the doubles event. They got a walk-over in the round of 32, but lost to Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina by 4-6, 4-6, in the round of 16.

Mirza received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from MGR Educational and Research Institute University in Chennai on 2008-12-11.Her niece, Sonia Baig Mirza, studies there.


Mirza reached the quarter-finals at Hobart as No.6 seed, where she lost to Flavia Pennetta in three sets. She reached the third round at the Australian Open as No.31 seed, where she lost to No.8 seed Venus Williams 7-6(0) 6-4, having led 5-3 in the first set. She was runner-up in the Australian Open mixed doubles partnering Mahesh Bhupathi. Sun Tiantian and Nenad Zimonjić) won the final 7–6(4), 6–4.

She withdrew from Pattaya City because of a left adductor strain.

Mirza reached the 4r at Indian Wells as No.21 seed, defeating No.9 seed Shahar Pe'er en route, but lost to No.5 seed Daniela Hantuchová.

At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, as No.32 seed, Mirza was defeated by qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 6-0, 4-6, 9-7, having had several match points.

Mirza was eliminated in the first round of the 2008 Beijing Olympics when she retired in her match against Iveta Benešová because of a right wrist injury. Throughout 2008, Mirza was plagued by a slew of wrist injuries, requiring her to withdraw from several matches and the Roland Garros and US Open Grand Slams.


Sania picked up her maiden Grand Slam title in the 2009 Australian Open. Partnering with Mahesh Bhupathi, she won the mixed doubles title beating Nathalie Dechy (France) and Andy Ram (Israel) 6-3, 6-1 in the final in Melbourne. She then entered the Pattaya Women's Open Tournament in Bangkok where she reached the finals after a string of good performances. She lost the finals to Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-1. She made the semis in doubles in the same tournament.

Sania then competed in the BNP Paribas Open where she lost in the second round to Flavia Pennetta. She then participated in the Miami Masters and lost to Mathilde Johansson of France in the first round. Mirza and her doubles partner Chia-jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei made the semifinals of the doubles event. Sania also crashed out in the first round of the MPS Group Championships but won the doubles title with Chuang. She crashed out in the first round of Roland Garros, losing to Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva. She also lost in the second round of the doubles (with Chuang) and mixed doubles (with Mahesh Bhupathi) She participated in the 2009 AEGON Classic and reached the semifinals, losing to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 3-6,6-0,6-3, who eventually won the title.

Mirza defeated Anna-Lena Gronefeld in the first round of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. She then fell to #28 Sorana Cirstea in the second round.

Career finals


Wins (1 WTA/12 ITF)

Has reached 4 finals; winning 1 at the 2005 Hyderabad Open.

Sania Mirza at the Hyderabad Open in 2006
Sania Mirza at the 2007 Australian Open, during her first-round womens doubles match


Wins (12)

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0) Premier Mandatory (0)
Tier II (2) Premier 5 (0)
Tier III (3) Premier (0)
Tier IV & V (2) International (1)
ITF Circuit (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. January 7, 2002 Manila, Philippines Hard Radhika Tulpule Yan-Hua Dong
Yao Zhang
6–4, 6–3
2. Mar. 3, 2003 Benin City, Nigeria Hard Rebecca Dandeniya Franziska Etzel
Christina Obermoser
6–3, 6–0
3. Feb. 22, 2004 Hyderabad, India Hard Liezel Huber Ting Li
Tian Tian Sun
7–6, 6–4
4. Aug. 15, 2004 London, Great Britain Hard Rushmi Chakravarthi Anna Hawkins
Nicole Rencken
6–3, 6–2
5. Oct. 10, 2004 Lagos, Nigeria Hard Shelley Stephens Surina De Beer
Chanelle Scheepers
6–1, 6–4
6. February 19, 2006 Bangalore, India Hard Liezel Huber Anastassia Rodionova
Elena Vesnina
6–3, 6–3
7. September 24, 2006 Kolkata, India Carpet Liezel Huber Yulia Beygelzimer
Yuliana Fedak
6–4, 6–0
8. May 14, 2007 Fes, Morocco Clay Vania King Andreea Vanc
Anastassia Rodionova
6–1, 6–2
9. July 22, 2007 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard Bethanie Mattek Alina Jidkova
Tatiana Poutchek
7–6(4), 7–5
10. July 29, 2007 Stanford, U.S. Hard Shahar Pe'er Victoria Azarenka
Anna Chakvetadze
6–4, 7–6(5)
11. August 25, 2007 New Haven, U.S. Hard Mara Santangelo Cara Black
Liezel Huber
6-2, 6-2
12. April 12, 2009 Ponte Vedra Beach, U.S. Clay Chuang Chia-jung Kveta Peschke
Lisa Raymond
6–3, 4–6, [10–7]

Mixed Doubles (1)

Wins (1)

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score/Final
2009 Australian Open Mahesh Bhupathi Nathalie Dechy
Andy Ram
6–3, 6–1

Singles performance timeline

Sania Mirza at the 2007 Australian Open

Singles performance timeline

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2009 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which will end on March 23, 2009.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR Career W-L
Australian Open A 3R 2R 2R 3R 2R 0 / 5 7–5
French Open A 1R 1R 2R A 1R 0 / 4 1–4
Wimbledon A 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 5 4–5
U.S. Open A 4R 2R 3R A 0 / 3 6–3
Grand Slam Win-Loss 0-0 6-4 2-4 5-4 3-2 2-3 18-17
Year End Ranking 206 33 66 31 99 N/A N/A
  • A = did not participate in the tournament
  • Q = Qualifying round loss

Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-8 (quarter finals up to finalist).


As a Muslim, she has garnered criticism from some Orthodox Islamic groups, as her attire allegedly did not conform to Islamic dress codes. According to one report published September 8, 2005, an unnamed Islamic scholar had issued a fatwa, saying that her attire is contrary to what is permitted by Islam. A further report published the next day on this fatwa elaborated that Mirza was unfazed by the comments. There were rumors that Jamiat-ulema-e-Hind had threatened to disrupt her tennis matches. But the group rejected such rumors, saying that they don't stop anyone from playing, although they found her clothing offensive. Nevertheless, the Calcutta police tightened security measures to protect her. Mirza's doctor received threatening letters demanding that he cease to treat her since she was allegedly dishonoring Islam. Sania Mirza, a Shia Muslim from Vijaynagar, also attracted a response from The All-India Shia Muslim Personal Law Board. The Board disapproved the edict issued by some Muslim clerics on dresses worn by Mirza while playing and asked them not to meddle in [the] sports arena.[citation needed]. Mirza is a practicing Muslim who prays fives times a day, and fasts during Ramadan.

After Mirza spoke at a conference on safe sex in November 2005, Islamic groups claimed "she is detached from Islam" and that she is a "corrupting influence on the youth." Mirza clarified her stance by saying that she was opposed to pre-marital sex.

In 2006, some newspapers reported that Mirza declined from playing with an Israeli tennis player Shahar Pe'er for fear of violent protests from India's Muslim community. However a year later (i.e. in 2007), she teamed up with Pe'er for the 2007 WTA Tour of Stanford, California. Mirza said in January 2008 that she considered quitting the sport because of undue controversy surrounding her actions.

Mirza was pictured resting her feet during a press conference at the 2008 Hopman Cup, with an Indian flag in close proximity. She faced possible prosecution under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act after a private citizen complained. Mirza protested that, "I love my country, I wouldn't be playing Hopman Cup otherwise", and said that she meant no disrespect. On February 4, 2008, Mirza said that she would stop appearing in tennis tournaments held in India, starting with the 2008 Bangalore Open the following month, citing the series of controversies and upon advice by her manager.

Personal Life

Sania Mirza is engaged to Sohrab Mirza, a business man from Hyderabad, whom she knew from her school days. However they are unlikely to marry anytime soon as Sohrab plans to pursue higher studies and Sania wishes to continue with her tennis career

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