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Why Furious Fans Of Sania Mirza Are Slamming The BBC

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11:  Sania Mirza of India and Martina Hingis of Switzerland celebrate with the trophy after winning the Final Of The Ladies' Doubles against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and Elena Vesnina of Russia during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Sania Mirza of India and Martina Hingis of Switzerland celebrate with the trophy after winning the Final Of The Ladies' Doubles against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and Elena Vesnina of Russia during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Twitter burst into celebrations late into the night after Indian tennis star Sania Mirza won her first women's doubles final at Wimbledon with partner Martina Hingis. It was a great match that saw the duo fight back from being 5-2 down in the third set.

"Couldn't have asked for more drama," Hingis later told reporters.

Twitter was flooded with outpouring of love and affection for Mirza.

Congratulations #SaniaMirza@MirzaSania you always make us proud. And the best is you always stand your own through up and down. Fabulous

— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) July 12, 2015

Congratulations to #SaniaMirza for the amazing victory at Wimbledon! You inspire and make us all feel proud.

— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) July 12, 2015

Haha. #SaniaMirzahttps://t.co/kyvvdsQ73E

— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) July 12, 2015

Well played @mhingis & @MirzaSania. You played wonderful tennis & registered a fantastic win at @Wimbledon. We are proud & very happy.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 12, 2015

But one particular tweet stood out. The BBC India handle tweeted this out last night, congratulating Hingis for her win at the "Wimbledon doubles final". Indians are furious that BBC India left out Mirza's name in the tweet.

While this could have been a genuine mistake, fans are having none of it, accusing the organisation of being racist. Union Minister Smriti Irani also pointed out the mistake to BBC.

Hey BBC India, it takes 2 players to win a doubles final. Lets help you with the other winner's name-- Sania Mirza https://t.co/1Lg4jllg4O

— Harneet Singh (@Harneetsin) July 12, 2015

@BBCIndia so does Sania Mirza

— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) July 12, 2015

The subtle racism of BBC RT @smritiirani@BBCIndia so does Sania Mirza

— 1000 Cuts (@tweetingsourav) July 12, 2015

She played with two rackets. "@BBCIndia: Hingis wins Wimbledon doubles final http://t.co/4vuY4vipRz"

— hawashmi (@hawashmi) July 12, 2015

No one in history of tennis has won a doubles game alone. Congrats @mhingis.

@BBCIndia

— Karan Bhatia (@KaranBhatia_) July 12, 2015

@bbcindia only Hingis? Why did you not mention Sania's name? It was doubles not singles.

— Shakeeb Sayem (@Simply_Shaks) July 11, 2015

@BBCIndia there was an indian lass with her in case you overlooked

— desertfox (@desertfox61I) July 12, 2015

@bbcindia with her doppelganger am sure! cc @mhingis and @mirzasania!

— vivek singh (@vivekbabaji) July 12, 2015

At the time of writing this, BBC had not deleted or corrected the tweet.

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