Whitewash or yet another oversight? BBC 'forgets' Sania Mirza... again
BBC UK reported that Martina Hingis won the US Open doubles without mentioning partner Sania Mirza's name once again. As expected, Twitterati weren't too happy about it.
Did you know that Sania Mirza is the World No 1? Yes, the Indian tennis star is the highest ranked women's doubles player in the world. This was even before back-to-back Grand Slam triumph at the Wimbledon and US Open this year with Swiss partner Martina Hingis.
Yet, when Sania and Hingis won the US Open women's doubles a few days, two of BBC's Twitter accounts BBC chose to ignore both her and the fact that any doubles game requires two people.
Tweets from both the BBC and BBC Sports accounts said that "Hingis won the US open doubles titles" and "Hingis does it again."
BBC Sport even carried a photograph of the two but didn't mention Sania's name. Even the headline of the article read " Martina Hingis wins fifth doubles title of year."
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 13, 2015
Hingis wins US Open doubles title http://t.co/rHCHBz18kZ
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) September 13, 2015
As expected, this didn't go down very well on social media especially with Indian Twitteratti. Several people replied to the accounts saying that it takes two to win a doubles match.
@BBCNews what! On her own?
— Alex Mc (@a_mca) September 13, 2015
— Payal (@Payal_Lahoti) September 14, 2015
@BBCNews Ambidextrous? Oh wait! Too much ego to mention the "doubles" players with her.
— Foram Gosrani (@fabforam) September 14, 2015
— Sudhanshu Singh (@sssingh21) September 13, 2015
@BBCNews Dear Sir/Madam, How can one woman win doubles?
— Hetal (@Wiseywoman) September 13, 2015
— Natasha A. (@Grammar_nazzzi) September 13, 2015
Hingis wins a doubles title, by herself ... isn't that cool the BBC is so colour sensitive, it can't see brown ... https://t.co/Y739XlqiDv
— Harini Calamur (@calamur) September 14, 2015
According to BBC, Martina Hingis won the US Doubles holding tennis racquets in both her hands. https://t.co/bYAPsMGMUU
— Sting Ray (@Purba_Ray) September 14, 2015
— Thought Gun (@ShootinThoughts) September 14, 2015
Hingis is seriously amazing! Only woman who can win a doubles title alone! Twice! Remember Wimbledon BBC? https://t.co/p3fl49TwWI
— The Penguin (@Moskvaa) September 14, 2015
What made it worse was the fact that this is the second time that a BBC Twitter account has failed to mention Sania Mirza's name.
After the Indo-Swiss pair's Wimbledon triumph, BBC India's account has tweeted "Hingis wins Wimbledon doubles final." Considering that it was an Indian handle that missed Sania's name, they received instant backlash,with even HRD Minister Smriti Irani pointing out the error.
@BBCIndia so does Sania Mirza
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) July 12, 2015
BBC India later deleted the tweet and posted a corrected version.
India's Sania Mirza wins women's Wimbledon doubles with Martina Hingis: http://t.co/QUg1GCfAwK (Correcting earlier tweet - apologies!)
— BBC India (@BBCIndia) July 12, 2015
The US Open was Sania's fifth Grand Slam title and second with Hingis. She has previously won three Mixed Doubles title as well. Not to mention her several medals for India as well the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sports honour, that she was awarded this year.
Here's hoping that the next time Sania-Hingis win something, both get the credit for it.
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