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Pranjala Yadlapalli : “My fans at school started asking for autographs & snaps”

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The right-handed tennis player started off sports at the age of six to be physically fit, active & healthy. She has added numerous medals to her medal tally. Won the Asian Junior Championship in both singles and doubles category. Grade 1 singles winner & Orange Bowl Grade A doubles winner. In U16 WTA won the future Stars Singles. In 2016, won the Australian Open singles third round. Are you a Predator or a Buddha when you enter the court?

I am a Buddha when I enter the court. So that I can be focused more on to the game and think about the things to be done on court.

One win that you are very proud of

I am very proud of the match that happened in ITF Juniors Asian Championship (B1) in Delhi. In the finals, my opponent was a Chinese girl & had lost against her 2-3 months back. I had won against her in the finals in the third set.

Your ultimate achievement?

My ultimate achievement is to be the World no 1 in WTA (Women’s Tennis Association). To win the Grand slam and a medal in Olympics would come as the second.

How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?

I want to be recognized as an Olympic gold medalist, Grand Slam Champion and also as the champion for all the tournaments that I win.

Something that you truly believed in and nobody else did

I believe in each and every thing and do not have any particular thing. I believe that if we are confident enough with our talents, it is guaranteed that we will strive for what we wished for.

Toughest punishment given by your coach

I am happy to say that I have never got any punishment till now because I always listen and do whatever the coach tells.

Your most prized possession

My family, meeting all the great personalities, playing Junior Grand Slams, Asian Junior Championship (B1) both singles and doubles winner, Grade 1 singles winner, Orange Bowl Grade A doubles winner, U16 WTA Future Stars Singles winner, 2016 Australian Open singles third round and doubles Quarter finalist and 2015 French Open Doubles Quarter finalist.

Who had the greatest influence in your life?

My family, they encourage me a lot, motivate, never make me feel low and they are always my back bone.

Your Goals

My short term is to be in the top 300 in the WTA rankings by the end of the year. My Long-term goal is to be in the top 10 in the WTA, playing Asian Games next year, Olympics in 2020 and Grand Slams.

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You have a chance to play another sport. Which one would it be?

I like playing Badminton. Sometimes I just play for fun and I really enjoy playing it.

Area of the game you want to improve?

When it comes to game, an athlete must always strive for the best. Learning and improving is a never-ending process, it goes on. So, I give my full to all the aspects of the game so that I can be better each day.

Is sports a natural talent or a skill that is developed?

I think as an athlete you need to have both the natural talent as well as one must always try hard to sharpen their skills. Only if you develop the skills you can get hold of the medal.

Perks of being an athlete

The greatest advantage of being an athlete is that you can travel around the World, meet some great personalities. Moreover, you would be more disciplined in your life.

Fan moment

I took a picture with Federer, Djokovic, Serena, Sharapova etc at the Grand Slams and I also snapped a picture with the legend Sachin Tendulkar when I met them.

When I played Grand Slams, CTL and whenever I used to go to school they use to ask me for photo and autograph.

Common road blocks that stop athletes from achieving their dreams?

“My game is improving and becoming stronger day by day”

Lack of financial support is the greatest hurdle faced by an athlete. Athletes cannot find proper sponsorship for their sports career.

What’s on your bucket list?

I want to bring laurels for the country, visit Switzerland and Hawaii, want to interact and hit with Roger Federer and meet Deepika Padukone.

Who do you think knows you the best?

My mom knows me the best and I even discuss everything with her.

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