New Delhi: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was selected for the Padma Bhushan- the third highest civilian award in India.
Sania enjoyed a superb run in 2015 when she won nine women’s doubles trophies, including two Grand Slams partnering veteran Swiss Martina Hingis. The Indo-Swiss combination is doing well this year also. They have already won the Sydney Open and the Brisbane International and have entered the quarter-finals of the ongoing Australian Open.
Sania had earlier received the Arjuna Award (2004), Padma Shri (2006) and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2015).
Other Muslims to get awarded this year are:
Legendary chef Imitiaz Qureshi who comes from a family of cooks of Mughal emperors was awarded Padma Shri.
USA-based educationalist Salman Khan of Khan Academy was also awarded Padma Shri.
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