Maaya Rajeshwaran is likely one of the most promising tennis gamers to emerge from Tamil Nadu, with an timeless ardour and drive to succeed in the best degree within the sport.
“I wish to turn into a Grand Slam champion in [women’s] singles. There is no such thing as a one from India who has finished it,” she stated in an interview to The Hindu on Monday.
At 13 years and seven months, the Coimbatore-based Maaya is heading in the right direction, having just lately gained the u-14 and u-16 Nationwide singles titles. She can also be No. 1 in Asia within the under-14 part.
Not too long ago, she was the one Indian woman to participate within the Australian Open-Asia Pacific u-14 occasion, the place she completed a creditable fifth.
Summing up her experiences on the AO in Melbourne, Maaya stated: “Truly, the primary day was fairly dangerous. I used to be fairly nervous. I misplaced the primary two matches however gained the subsequent three comfortably to complete fifth amongst eight contributors. The overseas gamers are extra constant and hit the ball low. Nobody offers you a straightforward ball.”
Maaya additionally had the chance to observe the Australian Open ladies’ closing. “I obtained a good concept of the extent of tennis. When in comparison with Indians, although the strengths are the identical, the method is completely different. They (overseas gamers) are extra correct and constant. I’ve to coach tougher,” she stated.
What Maaya wants at this stage of her profession is sponsorship, and her mother and father by no means get bored with mentioning it. Coming from a middle-class household — her father Rajeshwaran works for Mondelez India Meals Ltd., whereas her mom Revathi is a homemaker — Maaya is eagerly in search of monetary help from all quarters, together with the State authorities.
The gifted teenager deserves every little bit of assist that comes her method.