Mahak Jain: National and Khelo India Champion
Mahak Jain, an 18yr old currently studying in the 12th grade at Daly College, Indore has enough accolades to be pronounced as a future star in the circuit. This tennis star has swiftly transmitted from juniors to seniors about two and a half years back when she was 15. And currently she is crushing the competition at senior level.
The two times National Champion and defending Khelo India Champion has now set her eyes for the big fish in the sea i.e WTA. This confidence of her reflected earlier this year when she won her first International Tennis Federation singles title in August. But that aint it, because she followed that title with another title which takes an extraordinary amount of effort for the player at her level.
Mahak backed her first international senior trophy with two more titles – singles and doubles – in the next week, with even more dominant margins.
The Indian beat Burundi’s Sada Nahimana in both the singles finals at the $15K tournament Nairobi, Kenya and won the doubles title with Sathwika Sama at the same event, making it three titles in two weeks.
In the first final, Jain was taken to three sets by Nahimana. But in what is a clear marker of her growing confidence and increased fitness, she wrapped the second final in straight sets despite it being the 14th match she played in the two weeks. In the first week, she had dropped 18 games overall but clinched the second title conceding only 12 games in the tournament.
Earlier this year, the revamped tennis ranking rules made it tougher on the ITF circuit with $15K tournaments didn’t give players ATP and WTA points. The rules have since been changed and these points will be counted in her overall tally.
Jain is currently ranked 618 in WTA latest rankings(2nd December 2019), that’s mostly because she hasn’t played much tournaments after her double victory in Kenya. Not to anybody’s surprise but her career high ranking also came in 2019, when she reached 511 in February. Till this day, she has earned $17,769 career prize money and has a pretty decent win loss record as a pro of 53/34 in singles. One can only hope to see more of her in the future and expectations are high from this Young Gem.
In her own words to scroll.in, consistency in preparation and performance will be the key for Jain, going forward, even with a break planned.