about eight years ago.
Selvarajoo, a national champion in the 1980s, wanted Theiviya to succeed his family’s legacy in the sport.
Theiviya picked up the racquet when she was nine-years-old and started sparring with veteran players at Raintree Club in Ampang, where Selvarajoo used to coach.
“Theiviya used to watch me coach others at Raintree club and soon she started playing with the older players at the centre,” said Selvarajoo.
Theiviya earn a two-year sponsorship from a leading insurance company when she was 15-years-old.
The 23-year-old did well in the first year of sponsorship but did not go for any tournaments in the following year as her father was appointed as national coach in 2009.
“It was the biggest mistake of my life as I focused more on being the national coach, rather than guiding her.
“The insurance company got fed up and terminated the sponsorship in August 2010. When I got the letter by mail from them, I cried as I realised that I should have focused on my daughter.
“There were a lot of things happening after that. I resigned