Bollywood’s Badshah Shah Rukh Khan praised Indian women’s grit, determination and hard work as he launched tennis star Sania Mirza’s the autobiography, Ace Against Odds, in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
“The more love we show to our girls …the more love we show to our women and the more love and respect we show to our ladies … believe me, we will have many more achievements which are world class like Sania’s,” the 50-year-old actor said.
“I am telling you there are no bigger achievers than women in this world,” the Dilwale star said.
“She (Sania) is the ‘rani’ of racket’,” he quipped.
“Sania has done more than anyone else to make our country proud. We would remember people like PT Usha, Mary Kom and Sania Mirza who have led the way for lots of boys and girls to take up sports as a professional career and make our country even prouder,” Shah Rukh added.
“I couldn’t have thought of a better person to do it (the launch). All I had to do is, just say can you (SRK) please come and unveil this very special thing for me. That’s all I had to say and he is here,” Sania said.
“By the grace of god, I had a long, entertaining career on and off the court. I am glad I am able to present it,” she added.
The book captures Sania’s journey of becoming World’s No.1 player in women’s doubles and the difficulties and challenges faced by her in making her dream come true.
Published by Harper Collins, the book is available on stands in all major bookstores across the country.