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Karman’s Diary: Wimbledon & Training

Karman Kaur Thandi was the WTA Future Stars 2014 U16 champion. Join Karman as she takes us through her tennis journey. This week, Karman tells us about her experience playing in the junior event at Wimbledon, her time training at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy and her plans post-Wimbledon.

Hello again everyone!

The last time I wrote to you, I was at the Pre-Wimbledon Party. I had a great time there, and it was extra special for me because I was the only junior player attending. Being there with the top players in the world and interacting with them really inspired and motivated me to work harder every day to get to their level, and give it my all every time I hit the court. And that’s exactly what I did at Wimbledon!

 

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As I went through my matches, I noticed there were people watching and cheering me on, it was such a cool experience for me knowing I had support all over the world. Of course, I had wanted my results to be better, but I will definitely treat this as a learning experience. I will stay positive and keep going. Now that I know more about what I have to work on and improve, I will do my best to achieve better results – especially for my fans and well-wishers!

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Before Wimbledon, I was training at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy. My favourite surface is hard, but I do enjoy hitting on clay as well. I don’t get to play on clay very often back in India so that was a really great experience for me.

Training at the academy has been nothing short of beneficial to me. The coaches, fitness trainers and physiotherapists have been super supportive and caring. They were extremely encouraging and positive, and were always there for me. I definitely see a huge improvement in my fitness and the credit goes to them!

 

I also got to meet Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach! He came down personally to give us a warm welcome at his academy and it was really a pleasure to meet him in person. He’s a very lively man and a great coach.

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I’ve been traveling a lot the past few months. While it has been a very enriching journey, I did miss home a lot. I’m back in India now, training with coach Aditya Sachdeva. Boy have I missed my mom’s cooking! I’ve also missed chocolates, which I love, so very much. Unfortunately, I shouldn’t be eating too much of it so I’m still working on exercising some control in this area haha!

I guess I won’t be home for too long now as I’ve planned to play some ITF Women’s $25,000 tournaments in Asia. I’m currently waiting for my visas and while doing that, I promise I will be working very hard to improve my game. Whatever I do I always give it my one hundred percent, and it definitely helps that tennis is a sport I thoroughly enjoy!

Until next time and with lots of love,

Karman

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