India’s tennis sensation is celebrating her 80th consecutive week as the World No. 1 doubles tennis player.
Sania, along with her women doubles partner Martina Hingis, remained unbeaten in 41 consecutive tournament games, till her winning run ended in Doha in February this year.
The Hyderabad girl took to micro-blogging website Twitter to share her joy. However, she missed putting a crucial detail in her self-congratulatory tweet.
“Today I complete 80 consecutive weeks as the number 1 player in d world, its been an amazing journey and just inspires me to work harder @WTA,” she tweeted.
While several sportspersons and fans congratulated Sania for achieving the landmark, former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar took it upon himself to remind her that her accomplishment was as a doubles player, something she missed mentioning in her tweet.
No 1 doubles player you mean. Congrats! https://t.co/Qrdyigdrro— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 19, 2016
Manjrekar’s comment, however, didn’t go down well with Sania as she pointed out that since she did not play singles anymore, it was common sense that the mention of her feat would only imply for doubles.
Since I don't play singles anymore isn't that obvious/common sense?my bad,common sense is not that common after all I guess.. :) https://t.co/fXhnaQZEM7— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) October 19, 2016
Hey.. But thanks for your wishes though ofcourse https://t.co/fXhnaQZEM7— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) October 19, 2016
But the Twitter spat did not end here as Manjrekar soon responded:
Well, you missed out an important detail for someone like me who lacks common sense :) https://t.co/nLgRFONxrn— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 19, 2016
On this, even Sania didn’t hold back and highlighted Manjrekar’s use of the words “important detail” in her reply. She provided him with a link of an article from the official WTA website.
Manjrekar, in his reply, stated that even the article mentioned “No. 1 doubles player in the world”. He, then, decided to end the spat there and then.
Yes, the article also says No. 1 doubles player in the world. Said what I had to, will leave all balls outside the off stump alone now 😊👋🏽 https://t.co/LP37fxYE0s— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 19, 2016
But Manjrekar couldn’t escape the criticism by Twitteratis, who roasted him for his ‘correction’. Here are a few reactions.
YE AADMI NAHI SUDHREGA! @sanjaymanjrekar is Best Ignored. He hasn't achieved an inch of what you have !— Latika Wadhwa (@Yourslatika) October 19, 2016
Why are you even bothering? You have handled the best in the world — why are you allowing yourself to be affected by a troll?— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) October 19, 2016
Terrible player, terrible commentator, and, now, a terrible.. person? No low is low enough for Sanjay Manjrekar. https://t.co/PcZbUDUtvL— Tanul Thakur (@Plebeian42) October 19, 2016
A lot of headlines stating 'Kohli led India to No.1 in ICC rankings.' Nobody had to tell you it was in Tests @MirzaSania— Ahmer Nazir (@iAhmer) October 19, 2016
After splitting with Martina Hingis in August this year, Sania went on to win the Cincinnati Open title with her new partner Barbora Strycova defeating Hingis and Coco Vandeweghe of USA by 7-5, 6-4, thereby retaining her top spot in the women’s doubles ranking.