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Sania’s autobiography to release in July

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saniaNew Delhi:Tennis fans in the country have much to rejoice for as Sania Mirza’s journey to the numero uno spot in the women’s doubles will now be documented in her autobiography — Ace Against Odds — which will hit the stands this July.

The book, which will be published by Harper Collins, has been penned by Sania with her father Imran Mirza.

“Sania’s is an extraordinary achievement and her autobiography is as compelling as it is inspirational. We are privileged to be able to work with her on the book,” Karthika V.K., publisher and chief editor, Harper Collins said.

The 29-year-old Hyderabadi, who became an overnight sensation when she clinched the Junior Wimbledon’s Championships doubles title, hopes the book will act as a guide for budding tennis stars in the country.

“I hope the book is a useful roadmap to guide the next generation of tennis players from India. If my story can inspire even one youngster to the heights of winning a Grand Slam in the future, I will feel blessed,” Sania said in a statement.

The autobiography chronicles her rise to the top, and is peppered with anecdotes where she talks about the difficulties and hardships as well as the joys and triumphs that came her way.

The book also contains some memorable encounters of the player on and off the court and the people and relationships that have contributed to her growth as a person and a sportsperson.

Sania, who was ranked as India’s No.1 player by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), both in singles and doubles circuits, announced her retirement from the singles circuit in 2012 but she took doubles tennis to new heights after teaming up with Swiss great Martina Hingis.

With 41 consecutive titles between August 2015 and March 2016, the combo of Sania and Martina went on to become the World No.1 in the women’s doubles rankings.

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Woman, three children die in fire in UP village

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Banda, Dec 26 : Three children and their mother were burnt to death in a fire which spread from a bonfire in Dubey Purva Mau village in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Mahendra Pratap Chauhan, said, “Kallu, a resident of Dubey Purva village in Marka police station area in Banda district is a daily wager from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He lived there along with his wife and three children. The sparks emanating from the bonfire lit due to the cold gutted the entire house. Possible other reasons behind the fire are also being probed.”

According to the locals, the villagers raised an alarm when they saw the flames engulfing Kallu’s house. By the time they were able to break open the door, the entire house had turned into rubble. There was only burnt debris and smoke everywhere. On receiving information, the police arrived and the fire brigade too reached the site.

Villagers said the mother and her three children were burnt to death in the fire in the kuccha house which began from a bonfire. The police and the fire brigade personnel put out the fire and removed the bodies from the rubble.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate said prima facie the cause of the fire appears to be the sparks from the bonfire. But only an investigation can confirm the actual reason.

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