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Reflecting on a remarkable season

The journey of any athlete more often is about silencing the demons in the mind before everything else. The deluge of thoughts which addles oneself into self doubt is what needs to be conquered in time before time runs out.  Ask India’s top-ranked tennis player Ankita Raina who just lifted her maiden Doubles WTA $125K title with Karman Thandi...

It is a very good time for sports in India: Divij Sharan

This is about a sporty, energetic kid in Modern School, Vasant Vihar. For him every sports day and participating in different races was a way of life in the growing up years. Until one beautiful sports day, life was about to change. The approach to a magical transformation of that child into a professional tennis player was about to...

India closer to egalitarian play: A look at women in sports

This article first appeared on KhelAdhikar, written by Wilfred Synrem, the Chief Editor at KhelAdhikar (3rd Year Student at Gujarat National Law University). He can be reached at [email protected] --------- “Women get the attention when we get into the men’s arena, and that’s sad.” As controversial it can be, these striking words of the famous Billie Jean King not only emphasised upon...

Asian Games 2018: Tricky situations await Indian Tennis Team

The dazzling lights and fireworks yesterday in Indonesia treated fans to a spectacle that every sports fanatic looks forward to. The 18th edition of the Asian Games is declared open and a fortnight of sporting extravaganza shall be the highlight as the quadrennial event has begun. A 572 athletes squad from India shall be competing across 36 sporting events in...

How competent is the dynamic TOPS List?

The Target Olympic Podium Scheme, TOPS List is a true example of what it is to be like ‘dynamic’ means. Sports persons keep going in and out of the list, after the periodic reviews done by the Sports Authority of India. Though the dynamic nature of the list has been reasoned out well by the SAI, its competency is...

French Open 2018: Ankita Raina’s Grand Slam debut derailed in the opening qualifying round

India's poster girl of tennis, Ankita Raina's Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros was derailed as she lost in the opening round against Russia's Evgeniya Rodina 3-6 6-7(2) in the women's singles qualifying on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Raina who is basking in a career-high of World No. 181 put up a gritty performance against the 116th -ranked Russian after dropping...

India’s sports icons speak up in favour of Justice for Asifa

There is no justice for Asifa. The eight-year-old was abducted, brutalised, sedated, repeatedly gang-raped and killed by a group of men ' some of the policemen ' in a temple at Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua. Communal lines have been drawn. The accused said they wanted to teach a lesson to the Bakherwal Muslim community in the region, to which Asifa...

Ankita Raina : Meet the new poster-girl of Indian tennis

"Work hard in silence and let success do the talking." The adage finds meaning when one looks at her. Currently perched on World no 253 in the WTA rankings, her perseverance and guts could put even the top 100 players to shame. Meet India's No. 1-ranked single's tennis player Ankita Raina. The indomitable Ahmedabad-based, Kashmiri girl's heroics at the R.K....

India is all set to begin her Fed Cup Campaign

Ahead of India's Fed Cup Asia-Oceania group-1 tennis opener against China, captain Ankita Bhambri on Tuesday expressed confidence about her team, and said there is more depth in the current set-up. Ankita also advised the current Indian squad comprising Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi, Prarthana Thombare and Pranjala Yadlapalli, that the tournament, will not be an easy affair. Asked whether the...

Bopanna and Babos lose by a whisker in the Mixed Doubles in Melbourne

It was a humid and hot morning in Melbourne with temperatures with an almost 39-degree celsius forcing the Mixed Doubles Finals to be played under the closed roof on The Rod Laver Arena. The eighth-seeded duo of Croatia's Mate Pavic and Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski scripted a thrilling 2-6 6-4 win that helped them edge past the Indo-Hungarian pair of...