Are you a Predator or a Buddha?
I’ve learned from experience that it is a lot better to be the calm person on the court. So I try to be that.
Any superstitious belief?
I don’t know if they are superstitious beliefs, but I guess players have some routine activities that they follow before every match.
I have one on the court. I always start on the backhand.
One win that you are very proud of
I won the Junior Nationals in 2016. It’s a pretty special one.
Something that you truly believed in
My family has always been very supportive of me. I believe that if you want something and work towards it, it will happen.
The toughest punishment given by your coach
I have honestly never been punished by my coaches. I have always considered discipline very essential. Although, the toughest part of training are the circuits that we do thrice a week. It’s an absolute killer.
Your ultimate achievement?
Winning the World Championships and winning medals for my country in any team or individual event would be my ultimate achievement.
In what area of the game do you think you have to improve?
Honestly, I should improve in every aspect of the game. The level of Squash is getting better day by day. There is always room for improvement.
Is sport a natural talent or a skill that is developed?
I believe that some people have it in them naturally, but most of it is developed by hours of practice.
Perk of being an athlete
An athlete has a routine life, but it is such a nice feeling to do what we love every day. Also, squash has taught me the importance of discipline, and my mum could not be happier. Haha.
Who is your favorite opponent?
As of now, I do not have a favorite. But, I enjoy playing with all the U-15 and U-17 boys at training simply because they are so competitive and it is so much fun!
Your biggest inspiration
My cousin Dipika. She is one of the best squash players that India has ever produced. She went through so much and worked incredibly hard to get to where she is. She has made us all very proud.
The most common roadblocks for athletes?
Most often, the people around you will always try to put you down and say things that will make you second guess yourself. At the end of the day, if you want something, then you should not let another person’s opinion or thought stop you from getting it.
What’s on your bucket list?
1. Participate in the Olympics. (It is unfair that squash is not included in the Olympic Games yet.)
2. Go for an Ed Sheeran Concert and meet him.
3. Meet a couple of YouTubers.
4. Be on the Ellen Show!
The last book you read?
“The girl with the lower back tattoo” by Amy Schumer is a very interesting book. It’s so raw, real and simply entertaining!
What is your funniest childhood memory?
All my days were spent with my sisters. We would always just goof around and do stupid things. I am always the entertainer! They are my partners in crime. Being the youngest of the 7 cousins, I’ve always been pampered a lot, and I love it!
One superpower you wish you had
The power to be invisible.
Your message to India U-17 football team for FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017
Enjoy the experience and make the most of this opportunity. Good luck.
Also, take lots of pictures and eat some good food!
One unforgettable moment
The first time I made it to the Junior Indian team is a memorable moment. The joy, It was beyond anything.
Have you ever sat by the phone all night waiting for someone to call?
I dislike staying up beyond 10 p.m. on a regular day because I love my sleep. I go to bed at 9 p.m. every night. It’s the best.
One message to your opponents
I would like to let my racket do the talking. Anything else is pretty unnecessary. 🙂