She represented India for the first time at Sri Lanka. At first, she was not able to put forth her best in the game because of the drift on the court. She had never experienced this before but her coach gave her all the support and later in the same match she started winning points and won the match. Ranked No.2 & 130 in the Nationals & International respectively. She was the runner up at Poland International.
One match that you are proud of
I won my semi-finals against a Malaysian girl who had just recently won the Belgium open. So that day I felt really happy and I understood that I can achieve what I wished for.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
It means everything in the world to me because your country needs you and they have chosen you to represent them. The only reason behind it is that you are the best player to play for them.
What drives you to go for training every day?
The want of people to say I want to be like Rasika Raje, I want to play like her, be like her makes me get up and for training every day.
Any rituals you follow
I do meditate so that I can calm myself. So, it gives a relief for me mentally and physically so that I can concentrate on my match.
Worst mistake you have made on the field
I once entered without doing proper warm-up and ended up hurting my back for which I had to take 3 months rest.
How do you balance sports and studies?
Well Librans are known for balancing all things in their life. It just comes out naturally.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be
It will be Maria Sharapova and give a shot at modelling career, I truly believe that she will be great at it.
One habit that you want to break or you have broken?
I want to break my habit of saying ‘no’.
Your ultimate achievement?
My ultimate achievement is to win the podium along with an Olympic gold medal.
Area of your game you need to improve?
I need to improve on my backhand defense, which I am weak.
Initial hurdles you faced
I started playing late so it took me some time to get into the top players circuit because even my juniors were ahead of me at that time but I didn’t lose faith in me and kept telling myself that I can do it and with one match at a time I did it.
“Always be better than yesterday that’s what I believe in”
To be better than yesterday is what I like to call my Short-term goal. My Long-term goal is to have a room full of trophies that I achieved.
Your plans & preparations for TOKYO 2020
To be more clam and strong. I am also doing extra training to build more skills so that I can give my best in the tournament.
Your most Embarrassing moment
The most embarrassing moment in my life was when my coach shouted at me in front of all the people and believe me he has a loud voice.
Greatest Indian athlete of all time?
I would say Sachin is and always will be the greatest Indian athlete of all time. Because he has shown as how well an athlete can be if we believe in our self.