New Delhi: A host of sports celebrities and politicians showered encomiums on Sania Mirza for becoming the first woman tennis player from the country to achieve the number one rank.

Sania Mirza Pic/Getty Images
Sania Mirza Pic/Getty Images 

Sania won the WTA Family Circle Cup with Swiss legend Martina Hingis to reach atop the ranking table.

Mahesh Bhupathi, who along with Leander Paes had become the world number in men's tennis in 90s, praised Sania on his twitter page. "@MirzaSania scales the summit.

#veryproud #hardwork #family #sacrifice and so much more..#indiantennis #number1," Bhupathi, who won two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles with Sania, wrote.

Former national champion Ashutosh Singh rote,"@MirzaSania RESPECT !!! #worldatherfeet #numerouno."

BJP leader Kiran Bedi wrote,"Sania Mirza world no 1 in women's tennis- doubles: First Saina in Badminton, now Sania in Women's tennis.Wow! Superb run for Indian sport."