Pakistan’s all-round cricket team, Shoaib Malik, on Tuesday praised the Indian tennis star and wife, Sania Mirza, after the latter became the first Indian to win the Fed Cup Heart Award.
“Perseverance! Good things take time & someone needs to build themselves up for greatness. Well done to be ‘FIRST’ with another award! #FedCupHeartAward @MirzaSania,” Malik wrote on Twitter.
– Shoaib Malik ?? (@realshoaibmalik) May 12, 2020
Sania won an award for the Asia / Oceania zone after getting 10,000 votes plus out of a total of 16,985 votes for three regional Group I nominations this year.
Winners from each category received USD 2000 as prize money, with 33-year-old Hyderabadi deciding to donate to the Chief Minister’s Assistance Fund to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Winners of the Fed Cup Heart Award are determined through online voting by fans which lasts for a week starting from May 1.
Sania’s vote of more than 60 percent of the total vote is testimony to the global popularity of Indian stars in Fed Cup competition.
The tennis star returned to the Fed Cup after four years and helped India qualify for the playoffs for the first time in history.
(With input from PTI)
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