Top critical review
13 December 2016
So I finally finished this but honestly it felt more like a fangirl version of a biography than an actual autobiography. The initial quarter was decent enough, but after that it was more like newspaper's match and tour coverage than a book. Almost every match Sania has played is mentioned with the scoreline and there are special mentions of her each and every win over any top 50 or top 20 player in detail. It gets annoying after a point of time. Though we can't blame Sania for that because athletes may not know how to form a book, even if that's around their own life. They can only share the memories along with their on and off the field experiences and it's the responsibility of the writer to make a good book out of them, in which shivani gupta has failed miserably.
Anyways talking about sharing experiences off the field, Sania indeed has a number of them and mainly because of the controversies. She probably was involved in more controversies than any other indian athlete of her time but that doesn't necessarily mean that they all deserve a place in the book. But the writing/editing is so poor that they have not only mentioned the tiniest bit of controversy, but also have copy pasted few of the newspaper articles on those controversies which can be seen in the book. But sadly that's not the worst part, somehow they have managed to relate all those controversies to her religion/sex which feels crass, I mean this can be true up to certain limits but not always. Similarly every injury she has suffered from, and every match she ever played without 100% match fitness has managed to make it to the final book. Although it was good to know few of those things from her perspective but it still feels overdone.
Talking about the good parts, those unseen pictures from sania's own personal album and the childhood memories were pretty amusing as well as encouraging. Also the parts where she first met her childhood idol Steffi Graf and her wouldbe husband Shoaib Malik are some good reads. It's the small incidents like these which makes an autobiography more readable. All said and done you can read/buy the book just for the 1st indian women in tennis history who not only represented our country at the topmost level but also made all of us proud by becoming the world No.1 (not to mention she's holding that spot from last 88 weeks and looks good for a century) This book may or may not be an Ace against odds but Sania Mirza certainly is.