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Australian Open 2021: Ankita Raina Becomes Third Indian Woman Player to Feature in Grand Slam Main Draw

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Ankita Raina, an Indian top seed female tennis player has created history as she became the 3rd Indian woman tennis player to qualify for the main draw of a Grand Slam, Australian Open on Sunday.

Nirupama Vaidyanathan was the first tennis player to represent India at Grand Slam main draw, back in 1998, after that Sania Mirza, a six-time Grand Slam winner in the women’s doubles of tennis major had added her name. Now Ankita has made her impressive spot at a Grand Slam and making India proud.

After missing out on the women’s singles main draw, she still has an opportunity as a ‘Lucky Loser’ in the first round perhaps she got a direct entry in women’s doubles with Romanian tennis player Mihaela Buzarnecu.

“Regardless of the fact that it’s doubles, I will take it. I kept at it. I stayed in the process. Maybe next time, I will play singles too. Years of hard work, toil, and now I am there. Not only my hard work but blessings and support of countless people have brought me here, I can’t forget that It’s first, so special.” Ankita said to PTI moments after getting confirming her entry.

The conquering star said singles hold a different significance, making the doubles too special. “I know it doubles but India’s name will be there. These are the moments that spark something among people”. she added.

Ankita and Mihaela will play their first match of Australian open against the Australian wild card pair of Olivia Gadecki and Belinda Woolcock in the first round. Ankita has partnered up with Romanian tennis player Mihaela Buzarnecu, she is in the top 50 players draw.

India’s Fed Cup captain Vishal Uppal said this opportunity can give confidence to Ankita. Uppal told PTI,

“It’s good that she has got the opportunity to play with the best It will give her the belief that she belongs there. She is a very hard-working, industrious player. she won’t give up,” Uppal told PTI.

Now India will start the Australian Open 2021 campaign with Ankita Raina in Women’s Doubles along with Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan who will present their challenge in the men’s doubles with their respective partners. Sumit Nagal will participate in Men’s Singles draw.

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