Ankita Raina could be the next big thing in Indian women’s tennisMarch 19, 2018, Gwalior, Pune
Ankita Raina currently has a flawless 4-0 record in singles at the FED Cup this year. Recently, she proved all her critics wrong with a spectacular effort in the final of the USD 25,000 ITF women’s event in Gwalior.
She beat Frenchwoman Amandine Hesse 6-2, 7-5 in the title clash which lasted one hour and 25 minutes to claim her second ITF title. Her next aim, she says is Grand Slam qualification. Her last win at come at the Pune ITF event, way back in December 2014.
“Getting mentally strong and becoming mature as a player and as a person, it has come together. It helps. You can handle situations well. You don’t get emotional. Situations are not going to be favourable always. I can think now during the matches. The maturity, required to pull off matches, is there,” Ankita said.
After Sania Mirza retired from the singles format of the game after a string of injuries in 2013, Ankita Raina is India’s biggest hope for a Grand Slam performance. The 25-year-old will have to perform well at various tournaments to make it to the top.