Raina, Kadhe take upward surge in rankings

SPORTS REPORTER
Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Credit goes to my whole support staff who have been right there behind me to help me out every day. It is  because of them, I am getting better and better everyday. - Arjun Kadhe

PUNE: City-based tennis players Ankita Raina and Arjun Kadhe have been rewarded for their hard work, as they climbed up in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and  Associations of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings respectively.

Raina, who had recently won $25,000 ITF Women’s tournament in Gawlior, took a leap of 43 places to move to 212 while Kadhe, who had won OTA ITF F1 Futures title in Bhubaneswar recently, achieved career best ranking of 394.

Kadhe, who has shown tremendous improvement in last couple of months, was happy with  the way things were progressing as regards to his career.

“Improvement in rankings helps you to get entry into big tournaments, which is an aim for every tennis player. I am pretty happy, as I have moved up in the rankings. It gives you confidence while playing,” Kadhe told Sakal Times during a telephonic interaction.

In a short span of time, Kadhe has got the opportunity to play with players like Benoit Paire, who was his doubles partner in Tata Open Maharashtra early this year.

“‘Its Unreal’ that I am getting opportunity to play with world class players. You get to learn so many things, which helps to build confidence. Along with experienced players playing with junior players also helps, as you can pick up many things from youngsters,” added Kadhe.

Since Kadhe started playing tennis, he had a simple formula that was to move ahead step by step.

“When I started playing professional tennis, my aim was to get in top 1,000 players and then move gradually. I had a thought of getting in 700-750 in first six months but getting under 400 is satisfying,” said Kadhe, who trains with Hemant Bendrey.

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