Ankita Raina and Indian women’s tennis team recently created history as they made it to the World Group play-off of the Fed Cup for the very first time.
India’s No. 1 women’s tennis player, Raina sounded confident after the win: “This should boost Indian women’s tennis. It is a big inspiration for everyone and should give the girls belief.”
“Winning Fed Cup is a completely different feeling than the pro tour because no matter how good you are, you cannot win if you are not good as a team and don’t come together as a team! You can be top 50, but if you don’t have two or three more, good players, from your country, it is tough,’’ said the 2018 Asian Gamed bronze-medallist, Ankita.
It should be noted that initially the competition was supposed to be played in China but due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the tournament was moved to Dubai. ‘’We didn’t realise how situations and circumstances changed. It moved to Dubai. All that happened for good’’, Ankita said.
The 30-years wait finally ended and emotions gripped the entire team. Ankita explained how her self-belief has shaped playing in the prestigious competition, “The emotions I have felt this time is new for me. It has given me so much more confidence and strengthened my self-belief. Every time I went for Fed Cup, I was eagerly waiting for that day when we would qualify for the World Group stage. It has taken a lot of time, waiting and patience.”
“For me personally, it was a great example of pushing my limits much more than ever before,” 28-year old Ankita said to the media.
Indian women’s tennis is slowly catching up and we can see more girls taking up the sport. The need of the hour is to have more woman participation in tennis and stars like Ankita Raina and Sania Mirza are just perfect role models for the emerging tennis players both women and men. They are certainly inspiring many to play for India.