New Delhi: For Ankita Raina, the sky is the limit when it comes to delivering on court. It is that zeal to perform that is taking her places. One of India’s top woman tennis players, she has once again proven her worth. She is the fifth player from India to qualify for the prestigious Australian Open draw. She has cemented her place in the women’s doubles draw at the first Grand Slam of the year, starting Monday. This way, she has become the fifth Indian woman tennis player to make it to the main draw of a Grand Slam.
The 28-year-old Indian has paired up with Romania’s Mihela Buzarnecu and got a direct entry into the women’s doubles. She joins a long list of prolific talents like Nirupama Mankad, Nirupama Vaidyanathan, Sania Mirza and Shikha Oberoi to achieve that feat. Ankita is the second Indian after Sania to compete in the women’s doubles of the Grand Slam tournament.
Speaking to mediapersons she said that this is my first main draw of Grand Slam so this is singles or doubles I’m happy with it. I have reached here after many years of hard work. Not only hard work, but also with the cooperation and blessings of the people, I have been able to reach here. I can never forget this. ‘
Ankita said that she was very disappointed when she did not see her name in the draw earlier. 28-year-old Ankita and left-handed Mihela will take on the wild card-entered Australian duo Olivia Gadeski and Belinda Woolcock in the first round.
The other Indians featuring this season are Sumit Nagal, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan.