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The Lass Got Class

She may not like it, but Sania is India's new pin-up gal. Will her tennis live up to it?

The Lass Got Class
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The Lass Got Class
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Was it those glasses? We'd seen Sania Mirza on court, the vestigial puppy fat on her face contrasting improbably with the bludgeoned power of her forehand. We knew the critics who in 2000 tipped her to become India's best ever woman tennis player were almost certainly on the ball. Even before she teamed with Russia's Alisa Kleybanova to win the girls' doubles at Wimbledon 2003 and became the first Indian woman to win a tennis Grand Slam title of any sort.

And then she came back from making it to the third round at the Australian Open, pair of black, thick-rimmed spectacles perched on her nose. Somehow they made her look morph instantly from little-girl to chic. Thereafter it made little difference, though. Whether she was usually seen pushing bags around airports, or once, memorably, playing pool. As far as her country was concerned, she was India's sweetheart.

The adulation is wonderful, as is the earning potential. The 18-year-old is already being wooed by marketers who reckon she'll be at least as good a celebrity pitch-person as, say, cricketers Irfan Pathan or...
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