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Akanksha Bhan -

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Fitness mantra

Eat. Hustle. Sleep. Repeat.

When did you start playing tennis

I started playing in 2007, only for the sake of enjoyment and to live a healthy lifestyle, but I eventually grew fond of it.

Are you a Predator or a Buddha

I'm a Buddha, calm and composed on the field.

Any pre-match rituals you follow

Sleeping, warming up and meditating before the match.

Taking a nice shower, relaxing and sleeping after the match.

One match that you are very proud of

Winning a singles match from being 1-5 in the third set.

The toughest punishment given to you by your coach

Hitting 200 balls at a go.

What does it mean to you to represent India?

It's about pride. Having a T-shirt with 'INDIA' printed on would totally give you an adrenaline rush!

Switching sports

Roller skating because that's what got me into sports in the first place.

Your ultimate achievement

A Golden Slam and beating Serena Williams' record.

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During 'Do or Die' situations

State of mind during that tough phase matters, as it is our endurance that is tested during difficult circumstances. Most prized possession

My racquets of course.

One tattoo you would like to have

Don't be dead serious about your life – it's just a play. (Quote by Sadhguru)

Best sports movie ever

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Your short and long term goals

Short term goals: Entry in this year's remaining junior grand slams

Top 50 by the end of this year.

Long term goals: Main draw in all grand slams and a high WTA rank.

Unforgetable moment

When I won the Fenesta U18 Nationals.

Your first encounter with a celebrity athlete

Marion Bartoli at the Road to Roland Garros Masters event in New Delhi.

One message to your opponents

Play fair.

Your biggest achievements so far

Winner of the Fenesta Nationals U18 Singles, the most prestigious tournament of India; Winner of ITF Grade 5 and 4, and semirnalist in Grade 2 as well as 3 tournaments; Captain of the National School Games Girls' team twice and gold medalist 4 times.

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