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Sania Mirza has been nominated for the first time for the Fed Cup Heart Award

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Tennis star Sania Mirza became the first Indian player nominated for the Asia / Oceania Group I Heart Award at the Fed Cup on Thursday. Former world number one and multiple Grand Slam winner Sania returned to the Fed Cup competition for the first time since 2016 and guided Team India with her stunning performance, recording three double wins earlier this year in March in the Asia / Oceania Group I tournament. Her performance was decisive in India's historic qualification to the Fed Cup Play-offs, along with another senior compatriot, Ankita Raina.

Reflecting on her nomination, Sania said that one of the greatest achievements of her playing career is the Fed Cup result at the Asia / Oceania tournament. "Stepping on to the court in India for the first time was a moment of pride for me back in 2003. It's been an eighteen-year long journey since then and I feel extremely proud and privileged to have contributed to the success of Indian tennis. The Fed Cup result at last month's Asia / Oceania tournament is one of the greatest achievements of my playing career.

The Fed Cup Heart Award is an initiative of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), created in 2009 to recognize players from the Fed Cup. Six players were nominated for this year's three regional Group I Fed Cup Heart Awards. Priska Madelyn Nugroho of Indonesia is the second player nominated from the Asia / Oceania region in this year's 11th edition of the Fed Cup Heart Award. They are joined by Europe/Africa's Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) and Eleonora Molinaro (Luxembourg), Mexico's Fernanda Contreras Gomez and Americas' Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay, as the remaining four regional group I nominations.

The winners of the Heart Awards will be determined by fans voting online which will go live on May 1st and continue until May 8th. In 2019, Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas emerged victorious from Group I of Asia / Oceania.