Main draw action gets underway at the Governor’s Cup next week, with some familiar names returning to the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club to vie for honours..
Many players have starred in Lagos, and gone on to make huge marks on the global game, but who sits atop the pile? Here’s our top five countdown…
3. Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza won both legs of the 2004 Governor’s Cup, and she would go on to become a national and global superstar; and a modern great in women’s doubles.
Just over three months after her Lagos conquests, an 18-year old Mirza was taking on the might of the great Serena Williams in the third round of the Australian Open.
The Indian lost that match in straight sets, but she would capture her first WTA singles’ title three weeks later in Hyderabad- in a rapid start to her career.
That unfortunately would be her sole WTA singles’ triumph.
Mirza enjoyed a decent career between the mid-to-late 2000s- during which she got to the fourth round of the US Open and peaked at No. 27 in the world, but she couldn’t quite convert good starts to deep runs; nor deep runs into titles.
In the end, she quit playing singles in 2013.
She however made up for her singles’ drought with an illustrious doubles’ career. Her glittering cabinet houses an outstanding 40 WTA women’s doubles’ titles.
Mirza teamed up with the great Martina Hingis to win the Wimbledon and US Open titles in 2015, and the pair added the Australian Open crown to their collection in 2016.
She is currently ranked the Number One women’s doubles’ player in the world.
The Indian has also excelled in mixed doubles; claiming Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park, Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows.
It’s amazing to note that Sania is still only 29, meaning there’s still time for her and those big forehands to add a few more titles to an already amazing collection.