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Ace against Odds

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Currently ranked World No. 1 in women's doubles, Sania Mirza became an instant sensation when she won the Wimbledon Championships girls' doubles title at the age of sixteen. From 2003 until her retirement from the singles circuit in 2012, she was ranked by the Women's Tennis Association as India's top player, both in singles and doubles. A six-time Grand Slam champion, she ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 4th 2016 by Harper Sport
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Aditya Lahoti
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice insight into the life of Sania Mirza. She is inspiration to many and through this book, we came to know about the unsung heroes in her life. First half of the book was good, later it was sort of bragging. but then again, she has earned the bragging rights.
So I am a big tennis fan and have extreme reverence for Sania for what she has achieved. Though I do believe that she could have achieved more in singles had she not focused on doubles so early in her career. But that's a personal opinion.

Back to the book - it is an interesting book. Some parts are obviously things you have read about Sania and tennis community in general. I liked the way her childhood is described and how beautifully her family has stood by her throughout her career. Small ane
Judaline Torcato
Pretty Average.
I enjoyed and really appreciated her drive effort in the first third of the book but then it became too much of a bragging book though she has bragging rights!!!
Shruti D
No question on what she has acheived, it is incredible. But having read other autobipgraphies, I found this one with an added tinge of arrogance.
Raj Nandani
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice book about Sania Mirza. beautifully written. Just loved it.


This was the first autobiography that I have read by any sportsperson. And to tell you the truth, I loved this.

We all love all the focus these sports persons get, we also want to be like them or at least achieve the glamour they receive but what we all overlook is the struggle and effort they put into their performance.

Sania Mirza was one of my favorite sports person but after reading this book I come to know more about he
Prabhat  sharma
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ace against the odds by Sania Mirza, Irfan Mirza and Shivani Gupta- autobiography- Foreword by Martina Hingis, Introduction by Mahesh Bhupati, Prologue by Sania Mirza. The book has 40 chapters. Chapter 1 First miss of my life- In January 1991, the Mirza family migrated from Hyderabad to Ohio USA, they returned back of India in February, 1992. Sania was interested in learning tennis and for this she had to join tennis class. The family was not affluent enough to invest. Chapter 2- Early lessons- ...more
Madhura Gurav
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The title of Sania's autobio fittingly describes her whirlwind career so far. In spite of all the flak she had to face at such a young age, she did not let it deter her from her pursuits. And she went on to win laurels for her country.

Being the No. 1 in the International circuit is no joke. This book sheds light on all sorts of struggle a sportsperson has to face to make it to the top! We realise just how much hard work Sania had to put in to reach where she is today.

It has been said that the bi
Tariq Mahmood
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, india
Fantastic autobiography which covered almost all of Sania's very remarkable and needlessly controversial life. Sania and her parents have managed to produce a winner from a country with scant resources and few opportunities for girls in sports. But what impressed me most was Sania's resolve to compete and succeed as she battled her way through one pointless controversy after another, turning every bit of negativity into strength, very much like her aggressive game style, where she opted to go fo ...more
Sayali Pathak
The 3 star rating is just for the way this book read. But it is a 5 star story. My favorite part was when she was trying to "think whether Martina Hingis may or may not be the best choice for her to partner up with"! If that isn't success, what is? I am glad that the story of one of the very few female indian sports icons is now on paper and for every aspiring indian athlete to take inspiration from. It also points to the utter un-professionalism of indian media and how it can bring down a dream ...more
Jessica Swamy
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable story that captures the journey of Sania Mirza, a rising tennis star who while pursuing her passion and chasing her dreams didn't know she would not only be paving her way down in the history of sports in India but also revolutionizing the lives of young girls and women who wanted to pursue a career in sports and other off-beat profession. Every page of this book drips with tales of grit, determination and what it takes to reach a level where you represent your country international ...more
Teenu Vijayan
I would give it 3.5.
it's always a pleasure to have a glimpse at the working of a champions mind.
I have always admired Sania and even though I don't understand tennis much, I enjoyed reading this book.
it's a book highlighting how she dared to dream and conquer it through sheer hard work and determination.
Such an inspiring read!!
Harman Singh
Mar 25, 2019 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Hopeless. I'm sure there's a fascinating story here and I really want to know more about it, but I think I'm better off using biographies written by better writers. Mirza sounds like a schoolchild writing an essay: a bunch of trite passages with the occasional wildly unnecessary heavy sentence. ...more
Really amazing story of young Indian girl's story of grit and determination to become World No. 1 in tennis. Inspiring read but there were a lot of technical details which a lot of people unfamiliar with tennis may find redundant. ...more
rohit gulati
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very inspiring

Good motivation
Great stuff. Hard work. Good for kids who want to be professional sports people. Good for Indian girls.

Prianka Gopinath
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sania has been my life time inspiration since when I started playing tennis. This book is awesome and will always remain to be my favorite one😁
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nice book
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sania Mirza! Truly amazing sportsperson! Her book- Ace against Odds talks about her journey
from a girl in Hyderabad to being World No. 1 in women's doubles tennis. The story line/ narration maintains a chronological order, however her story and all the hard work and struggles unwrap nicely which makes it an interesting read. I particularly liked the part where as a kid, she would play tennis tournaments in different cities in India and her matches and partnership with Martina Hingis.
I find the
So I finally finished this but honestly it felt more like a fangirl version of a biography than an actual autobiography. The initial quarter was decent enough, but after that it was more like newspaper's match and tour coverage than a book. Almost every match Sania has played is mentioned with the scoreline and there are special mentions of her each and every win over any top 50 or top 20 player in detail. It gets annoying after a point of time. Though we can't blame Sania for that because athle ...more
amit deshpande
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Finished reading this book recently. Couldn't control the urge to write on this work:-

In my opinion, it's too early for Sania to write an autobiography. A lot of tennis is still waiting for her. And millions of other fans like me are eager to see her on the court. Wining again and writing history!

But overall, this book is more of a sport journal. It lacks the story-telling, a very integral part of any book, completely.

Months after months, names of different players and tournaments. A hell lot of
Ajit Shoora
Feb 18, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Safiya B
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a huge fan of Sania Mirza for many years and the main reason behind my buying this book was to get an insight into her thoughts and life that have not been revealed before. And in that respect, this book does complete justice.

The inception of tennis in Sania's life and how her childhood was consumed and revolved totally towards tennis was very beautifully explained by including anecdotes onto how the whole journey brought the family closer. It is definitely a delight for Sania fans b
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For someone who does not follow Tennis, the book was informative. A sports person has very short active period and the demands of the game was mind blowing. The book has outlined the rise of Sania Mirza, the only women so far from India to raise to the highest level of the game. The injury and the demand to bounce back early is certainly a tremendous pressure on the players. Ofcourse the ugly side, with the media and the politics in the Tennis Federation (and among the men players) is a certain ...more
Shraddha Chormale
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
as they say ,it is always a good idea to directly hear it from the horses mouth.The aura that surrounds sania mirza usually gives in a very hunky dory picture hiding the actual hard work and determination that has gone into making her what she is today. the detailed match to match description by her tells us how her life has been solely focussed around her game. i won't comment much on the writing style since autobiographies are expected to be directly the heart. Rather I would like to thank San ...more
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