With her huge serves and explosive strokes, Shrivalli Bhamidipaty is without doubt one of the most fun girls’s tennis gamers to observe within the nation.
The two-time National champion, who received her maiden ITF girls’s title in Bengaluru in November, might not be that constant owing to the model of her sport, as she goes for broke at each alternative.
On Saturday, nevertheless, on the newly laid black court docket of the Cricket Club of India (CCI), the 22-year-old Shrivalli confirmed a uncommon maturity to match wits towards the 26-year-old Valentini Grammatikopolou. The small-built Greek, who had reached the second spherical of the US Open, was ranked a career-best 143, profitable 16 singles titles on the Tour with equal felicity on clay and onerous courts.
After a hesitant begin when she trailed 1-3, Shrivalli performed with a formidable mix of precision and energy, stroking with poise and punch on each the flanks, to beat the second seed 6-3, 6-2 within the first qualifying spherical of the L&T $115,000 Mumbai Open WTA tennis match.
“It was great to have a debut like this in the big event. We had arrived late after playing in Indore yesterday. I had very little practice here. But, it was a big opportunity and I told myself to be patient,” stated Shrivalli.
Shrivalli had received three singles matches in a sequence of 5 current tournaments in Solapur, Navi Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, and Indore.
“I am glad that we have so many tournaments at home now. We are able to play without being under pressure to capitalise on the few chances we had earlier. We are exposed to so many top-quality players that the quality of everyone’s game has gone up now, and anybody can win on a given day,” she added.
Even although everybody has been speaking extremely about her sport, Shrivalli gained confidence by profitable the Fenesta National championship final 12 months. She is grateful to her long-time coach Anand Kumar and mentor Vishaal Uppal for attempting to assist her thrive on her energy. “Both my coaches tell me to focus on my strength and keep calm.”
Drawn to play Viktoria Morvayova of Slovakia within the second and ultimate qualifying spherical, Shrivalli stated that she would proceed to get pleasure from competing towards high-quality gamers and attempt to have enjoyable. “I have nothing to lose. My focus is to play my best game.”
With Zeel Desai outplaying one other Greek, seventh seed Sapfo Sakellaridi, and Vaidehi Chaudhari getting previous fourth seed Dejana Radanovic of Serbia after 5 video games because the latter was sick, it did look that the Indian diamonds had been getting polished properly to shine vibrant on the skilled circuit.