Sravya Shivani is an accomplished Hyderabadi teenager who brought fame to the country at the South Asian Games and many other events.
Fan9 catches up with the talented player from St Francis College, Begumpet on her future plans and career.
Tell us, when was that magical moment when you realized you want to be a tennis star?
Oh… it was all fun. I was just 7 years old when I played my 1st tournament, I won my 1st match and the excitement I felt while competing was beyond description …I knew this was what I wanted to do in life.
Who motivated you most off and on the field?
My parents are a big influence and my brother who is also a tennis player has been a great motivator both on and off court.
Can you share what were your early struggles?
Between 12-14, I had a lot of injuries including two career threatening ones and at a young age it is very difficult to stay positive and keep fighting and I struggled to recover from them until the age of 16.
How did you overcome them?
My coach CV Nagaraj always motivated me during those times and helped me stay on the course always.
what was the toughest match in your career?
I have had many matches that have been real battles…but my most memorable one is a match I played in Kenya in the quarterfinal of a ITF15K where I defeated the 4th seed player by coming back from a set down and winning in the deciding set in tie-break.
Your role model in games?
Sania Mirza was almost every young Hyderabadi’s role model including mine.
Your fav games other than tennis?
Basketball is one of my favorites… badminton has also been one of my favorites over the years.
The biggest achievement that has come to you in career?
Winning the South Asian games gold & silver medals without a doubt… It was a truly wonderful experience.
Tell us what is your biggest dream?
Win an Olympic medal for the country.
To improve my international ranking and play for India in the Billie Jean king cup (Fed Cup).
Sweetest moment or victories you always cherish in life?
The feeling of standing on the podium next to my team with the national anthem playing when we won the medal in the south Asian games.
Your take on Tennis getting popularity in India?
Tennis in India is growing and there are a lot of players with great potential. With proper infrastructure and better sponsors as well as government support Indian tennis players would be doing even better.
Share your advice to wannabe players?
Tennis is a sport that teaches you to handle both victory and loss equally … It takes a lot of patience and hard work just like anything else.
STATS – Panel
1.Represented India- SOUTH ASIAN GAMES,2019 (NEPAL)
2.WOMEN’S TEAM EVENT: GOLD MEDAL
3.WOMEN’S DOUBLES : SILVER MEDAL
4. ITF 15k, TUNISIA,2019 -WOMEN’S DOUBLES: RUNNER UP
5. ITF 15k, KENYA,2019 – WOMEN’S DOUBLES: RUNNER UP
6. REPRESENTED TELANGANA: KHELO INDIA YOUTH GAMES,2020(ASSAM)
7.GIRLS UNDER 21 DOUBLES : SILVER MEDAL
8. REPRESENTED OSMANIA UNIVERSITY: KHELO INDIA UNIVERSITY GAMES,2020(ORISSA)
9.WOMEN’S TEAM EVENT: GOLD MEDAL (CAPTAIN)
10. ALL INDIA UNIVERSITY NATIONALS,2018-2019(MANIPAL UNIVERSITY, MANIPAL)
11.SILVER MEDAL (CAPTAIN)
12.ALL INDIA UNIVERSITY NATIONALS, 2017-2018 (GITAM, VIZAG)