India's most famous women's tennis player, Mirza ended 2015 by winning the WTA finals with doubles partner Martina Hingis. The pair carried on their good run at the beginning of the year by winning the Australian Open as well. But a series of subsequent losses led them to split in August. They reunited for one last time to defend their WTA title in 2016, but crashed out of the semifinals. Mirza had a disappointing outing at the Rio Olympics too, losing in the mixed doubles semifinals and the first round of the ladies doubles. In July, she launched her autobiography Ace Against Odds.
Fast Fact: The Mirza family had migrated to the US in 1990 and returned within two years.