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GOOD SPORTS: The Next Sania?

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2013
GOOD SPORTS: The Next Sania?

Pranjala Yadlapalli is another name that Western sportscasters may need to learn. The 13-year-old Hyderabad girl, who started playing tennis when she was six, is making a habit of reaching the finals of junior tournaments in India, often beating players several years older than her.

In the final of the recent CCI-ITF Juniors under-18 tennis championship in Mumbai, she took the first set from 17-year-old Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy, also from Hyderabad, before losing 3-6 6-2 6-4.

Her passion for the sport and tireless dedication have won her comparisons with Sania Mirza, the first Indian woman to win a WTA Tour title and achieve a ranking in the Top 50.

“I enjoy playing this sport and nothing gives me greater satisfaction than winning out there on the court,” she told The Hindu.


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