Quite A Racquet
ISHITA, 16, Badminton, Chandigarh
The Rising Star Ishita has the distinction of being the State champion in the under-17, under-19 and seniors categories. “I don’t know what to say; I guess all the hard work is finally paying off,” says the rising star.
Score Card Won the International RSL Cup held in Czech Republic in 2015.
High on Confidence Ishita’s father and brother introduced her to the Badminton court six years ago. “In 2010, I wanted to participate in the Tricity championship in Chandigarh but my parents were apprehensive that I might lose as I had just started playing. However, I walked home with the top trophy. That boosted my confidence a great deal,” she recollects.
What Drives Her While many of Ishita’s friends may be spending their time hanging out at cafes, this 16-year-old makes it a point to practice twice a day. “There is a peculiar high one gets after getting drained. Surprising everyone by beating well-known players is the best kick,” she says.
Her Support Bank The ace-player says that she has not experienced any major problems, all thanks to her father. “He ensures that I am comfortable and never feel low, even if I lose an important match. He has been a great source of strength.”
What's Next? “I am practising extensively to be a National Champion and represent the country. That’s the only thing occupying my mind right now.”