Congratulatory messages pour in for Sania

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

President A P J Abdul Kalam today led the country in paying glowing tributes to Hyderabad Open winner Sania Mirza

Congratulatory messages pour in for Sania

New Delhi:

President A P J Abdul Kalam today led the country in paying glowing tributes to Hyderabad Open winner Sania Mirza.Sania created history by becoming the first Indian to claim a WTA title. "I am happy that an Indian player has won this title for the first time. I wish her success in future to bring more laurels to herself and to the country. I see a bright future for her," Kalam said in a message. Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Congress President Sonia Gandhi also congratulated the 18-year-old, who upset ninth seed Alyona Bondaenko of Ukraine 6-4 5-7 6-3 to lift the USD 140,000 Hyderabad Open. Great expectationsCongratulating Sania, Shekhawat said the country had great expectations from the player. "He (Shekhawat) has congratulated her and said the country had great expectations from her," a spokesman to the Vice President said. Gandhi, who returned from electioneering in Bihar, watched the match and wished the young tennis star success in her career. In a letter to Sania, Gandhi said that "This is the proudest moment for women tennis in India. You have made each of us proud by the brilliant performance. "Please convey my warm congratulations to your parents as well. I am sure that you will continue to win laurels in the coming days." Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said Sania's saga of success in winning this major championship would inspire the youth across the country. He also congratulated the organisers of the tournament. BJP President and Leader of Opposition L K Advani greeted Sania saying "watching her play was a matter of pride for every Indian". (PTI)



Topics : Tennis Sania Mirza
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