Quite A Rac­quet

India Today - - COVER STORY -

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.”

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