“I take big satisfaction in the truth that exterior cricket, the most important sports activities stars are ladies athletes. For those who see magazines, billboards, you discover ladies sports activities stars. That could be a big step, I understand how troublesome it’s to pursue a sport being a girl,” Sania stated. “This can be a sign that issues have modified however we’ve miles to go earlier than we attain the purpose the place when a lady picks up boxing gloves, or a badminton racquet or says ‘I wish to be a wrestler’, it is not out of extraordinary, it ought to turn into pure development.”
When requested why ladies are likely to give up tennis after they attain the age of 15 or 16, Sania stated there are deep cultural points. “Sport on this aspect of the world doesn’t come naturally to folks. They need their daughters to be medical doctors, legal professionals, lecturers however not an athlete. Issues have modified within the final 20-25 years since I began taking part in tennis however nonetheless, there’s lengthy option to go,” she stated.
India has various trailblazing ladies athletes, who’ve achieved considerably on the world stage. Olympic medal-winning shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, six-time world champion boxer MC Mary Kom, Asian Video games champion wrestler Vinesh Phogat, and former world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu are among the many lot making waves globally constantly.
However Sania outlined the various challenges ladies athletes face. “Sure norms are outlined for ladies. Even after I had achieved the whole lot, I used to be being requested when I’m going to have a baby as if till I’ve a baby, my life won’t be full. “There are deeper cultural points embedded in us and it’ll take a couple of extra generations to do away with these points.”
Responding to Suresh Sonchalam, the director of AITA’s coach schooling programme, Sania stated she confronted a whole lot of hurdles in her profession however robust help from her dad and mom proved to be the important thing in her profitable journey. “What we have been doing was in opposition to the norm. I began taking part in on the age of six and at the moment a lady choosing up the racquet and dreaming of taking part in Wimbledon was laughed at. “Log kya kahenge (what’s going to individuals say) has killed extra goals than the rest. I used to be fortunate to be born to folks, who didn’t care about it.”
Sania additionally suggested that coaches have to be extra wise after they practice lady gamers. “Teaching the women is trickier. On the age of 13-14, they’re nonetheless discovering who they’re. There are adjustments occurring within the physique. There are hormonal adjustments that occur all through their lives.”
The 33-year-old additionally suggested coaches to not put strain on younger gamers, saying the secret is to strike a steadiness between encouragement and placing them underneath the pump. “Secret to success is competitiveness. I used to be at all times aggressive, didn’t thoughts dropping a couple of matches or making errors on the junior degree. The objectives have been greater. My dad and mom by no means informed me after I misplaced a match they why I didn’t put that ball inside.”
Sania stated that helped her on the large stage. “The assumption you could be one of the best is a should. After I competed in opposition to Serena Williams, it gave me a confidence enhance. “After I gained the primary spherical on the Australian Open, I used to be comfortable however not stunned. I felt that I belonged there,” she asserted.