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Sai Dedeepya ranked as 700 in the World & 10 in the Nationals. The young achiever represented India and showcased her talent to the world. She is a Gold medalist in National School games. Moreover, ranked as No.1 in 12, 14, 16 age category. Sai believes that to fight until the very last is what success is all about.
Perks of being an athlete
Being an athlete I believe it will make their life more disciplined. The fan followers and how crazy they become when they see me. Frequent ‘Goose bump moments’.
Your first match for India
To represent one’s own country is something that every athlete would always wish for. It was very exciting match I must say that.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I think I will have to improve on the way I perceive things. I will have to change the attitude with which I see and tackle up the problem in the right manner.
What is your practice routine like?
I dedicate fruitful hours for my practice session. I spend 2 hours for fitness and 4 hours for training. I make sure that I spend ample amount of time for the practice session.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from tour?
When I get back from tournament I make sure that I will work on my weak points. If I lost a match I will see for the aspect that put me down, So I will dedicate my time for that.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
I would love to be Roger Federer. I want to experience the true phase of tennis through him. I will win grand Slams through him.
One habit that you want to break or you have broken?
I would want to give off junk foods. As an athlete I would always want to maintain my fitness which is a vital part in an athlete’s life.
What drives you to go for training every day?
I always look up on to Roger Federer and I always get inspired with the dedication and hard work that he gives to the game.
Any rituals you follow
The ritual that I follow is that I will take blessings from my parents, God and coach. This in a way enlightens me with all the strength both mentally and physically.
One match that you are very proud of
The most special match was that when I represented India in the U-16 category.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
To represent India is what every athlete would always wish for.
Your ultimate achievement?
My ultimate achievement is to win as many as Gold medals and add it to my medal tally.
Area of your game you need to improve?
I think I will have to improve on my service. In tennis one of the most important aspects is how well you can serve.
“The harder the battle is, the easier to hold the medal”
Best sports movie ever
Dangal. The movie clearly shows how difficult it is to be an athlete. The hardships that we will have to face.
Your short and long term goals
My short term goal is to play for India in women's and long-term goal is winning gold in Olympics.