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Kashmiri girl Ankita Raina chased her dream to play in Wimbledon

Last Updated on July 3, 2021 at 2:44 pm

The surest way to make your dreams come true is to live them and it has been proved right by the Kashmiri girl Ankita Raina. 

Her family left Kashmir in the early 1990s and settled in Gujarat. Ankita was born on January 11, 1993. Ankita fulfilled her dream by making her maiden appearance in the prestigious Wimbledon.

Girl with Kashmiri roots is definitely an example of hard work, sweat and determination to fulfill dreams.

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In her first match at Wimbledon’s main draw in ‘Women’s doubles’ wasn’t a success as the duo Ankita and American player Lauren Davis bowed out in straight sets to the US pair of Asia Muhammad and Jessica Pegula.

In the second match she got defeated, as she lost to her idol Sania Mirza in ‘Mixed doubles’ but it’s not always about winning. She made the people of Jammu and Kashmir very proud by her maiden appearance in Wimbledon.

Sania and Bopanna defeated Ankita and Ramanathan in two straight sets 6-2, 7-6.

Father of Ankita, Ravinder Krishan Raina said that it was her childhood dream to play in Wimbledon. “It was only because of her hard work and determination that she achieved her dream”, he said.

He further added that Ankita started to play tennis at the age of four and made her first professional appearance in 2009 at a small ITF tournament in Mumbai. Further he added that in 2011 season she saw her advance to three ITF circuit finals in doubles, winning one with country woman Aishwarya Agrawal.

Ankita won a bronze medal in the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia in a singles event. It is really a thing to be proud of as only Raina and Sania Mirza are the only players representing India to have won a singles medal at the Asian Games.

Later that year, she won the biggest doubles title of her career at the 2018 OEC Taipei WTA Challenger, partnering with compatriot Karman Kaur Thandi. Despite playing so well, at the 2019 French Open, Raina lost her first qualifying match to well-known American youngster Coco Gauff in two tight sets.