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After doing her schooling from Air Force Bal Bharati School, she finished her graduation from the Delhi University in 2015 and now she is a full-time squash professional. It was her childhood dream and it was not borrowed or passed on by her parents. Now she holds the 93rd& 4th position in the World and India respectively. Worst mistake you have made on field
The worst mistake I make on the field is being too critical of my mistakes while the match is going on. I try to deal with it by taking a deep breath and refocusing.
How do you balance sports and studies?
It is about priorities. Your goals should be crystal clear and once that is in place you will find a way to manage your time.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
I would want to wake up as Roger Federer and utilize my exceptional super human squash skills for crazy shot making and entertain people everywhere.
One habit that you want to break or you have broken?
I want to break the habit of not cooling down properly or stretching enough after I have lost my matches. I get caught up in my thoughts trying to figure out how I could have done better.
What drives you to go for training every day?
A little girl in my school once came to me and told me that she wanted to be like me when she grows up. I often think about how that made me feel. I feel blessed to be able to inspire young girls. And sometimes, I motivate myself by thinking about all the food I am going to eat after my training.
Any rituals you follow
My Pre-match ritual is to recheck my kit twice and Post match ritual is talking to my dad or mom and discussing.
Lamest excuse you have ever given to your teacher?
The lamest excuse I have ever said is that I cannot take notes in class because I injured my little finger while playing squash. My teacher was not at all happy. She could not believe what I said.
Your ultimate achievement
My Ultimate achievement would be reaching the No. 1 rank and being the first Indian to do so and be completely rooted while I do.
Area of your game you need to improve?
I think I need to have better customized and defined game plans for my matches with different players.
Initial hurdles you faced
Taking up sport professionally is one of the most challenging professions in India and surely it comes with a lot of hurdles. For instance, things like health issues, injuries, bureaucracy, societal pressures, existential crisis, managing travel.
Perks of being an athlete
sense of accomplishment, exposure to different kinds of people and cultures, endorphins, physique, travelling for matches, eating more food, cute activewear clothes
Your first match for India
I was not mature enough then to realize the significance. It is really a proud moment to represent India. Seeing the emblem on my jersey makes me feel really happy.
Best sports movie ever
Dhoni: the untold story, Mary Kom, Space Jam because you get to see the athlete as a person, their struggles day in and day out and how they managed to pull themselves together and excel.
One of them is to win a PSA title Long term. I am aiming for a CWG medal.
“I was not mature enough to realize the significance in representing India”
Scariest experience you have ever had?
I had spent a night at La Guardia airport in New York all by myself without internet or even cell service because of a missed flight.
Your favorite team/club
My favorite would be Roger Federer. He is such a complete player, not only on the court but he really seems to have his life so well put together. He continues to be an inspiration. Such a legend he is.
Greatest Indian athlete of all time?
I think the greatest Indian athletes would be Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and M S Dhoni. They all have been trailblazers in their respective sports.
Your favorite hangout Place
At the local sports club, even if I am not training or playing Squash I like hanging out there, trying my hand at or watching other games, having a chat. It is a different world.