Ankita Raina: Sania’s experience, my enthusiasm could be a surprise weapon…

The former Asian Games bronze medallist (singles) is quite excited about the Olympics and shares her thoughts on her prospects and what she is looking for before leaving for Tokyo after training with Sania Mirza at her academy in Hyderabad.

There’s a big mix of emotions – excitement, nerves, pride! But I’m determined to focus on the task at hand and give it my best shot. The journey here has been a long one. I’ve always dreamt of it, but it is, of course, no easy feat. The best of the best compete there, and you get a chance only once in four years, says Ankita about how she feels about the preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.

Representing the country at the Olympics is the dream of every athlete and it will now turn into reality for me. I’m excited and really looking forward to it, but I’m also focused on the task at hand. The world’s best athletes are going to be there, and to finish on the podium, I know I’m going to have to play my best tennis ever. That’s what I’m focusing on.

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