Tennis star Prarthana Thombare is all set to partner with her idol Sania Mirza at will partner her at the Rio Olympics this August.
Prarthana said that“This (the Olympics selection) is a major milestone in my career. As a kid, I had always dreamt of representing India at the Olympics and to play Grand Slams and partnering my idol Sania herself, is a dream come true.”
22-year-old Prarthana joined the Sania Mirza Tennis Academy (SMTA) last year having moved over from Pune to pursue her tennis career. “I must say all the credit goes to my parents, Imran Mirza uncle and Sania who have put up tremendous efforts to notch up my game to the next level. It is because of them, I am a totally different and confident player and emerged a strong contender for the Olympics berth which again I deem is a life-time opportunity.”
Not surprisingly, the young talent from the SMTA is all excited at the prospect of being there in Olympics. “Well, it is the kind of event which every sportsperson dreams about. And, I am blessed to be there this year and it could not have been better,” Prarthana said.
Prarthana’s father, Gulab Rao, too is immensely pleased with this news. “What more a father can ask for than seeing her child playing for the country in Olympics. All the sacrifices and efforts we have been making are finally paying off and we (parents) must thank the Mirzas for their wonderful support.”
Prarthana Thombare stated, “Given that the articulate coach has not only produced India’s greatest women’s tennis player ever, Sania Mirza, but also an Olympian”.
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By M. Divya Shri