Karman Kaur Thandi sees maiden entry in WTA Mumbai Open

Vastavam web: Budding Indian tennis player, Karman Kaur Thandi, sees the maiden entry in the WTA Mumbai Open here as a huge opportunity to rub shoulders with higher ranked players and learn from the experience.The 19-year-old girl from Delhi today said that she has secured a wild card and is all set to play in her first WTA tournament commencing at the Cricket Club of India here on November 20.”So playing WTA (tournament) and getting a wild card (entry) into that, it’s a big opportunity and a chance to play among better and higher ranked players,” she said.
The player, who has represented India in all four Grand Slams at the junior level and achieved a career-best WTA singles ranking of 307 on October 30 this year, said she has learnt significantly from playing in such tournaments.”(I have) experiences from Junior Grand Slams. I have seen all atmospheres, stayed in that atmosphere, watching players play, practising and playing matches, playing on the same courts as of the big players. So that experience has been good for me.”I made the 25K finals (in Niman, China in July), so it was lot of good matches I played and the final was a good match and hard loss (to China s Jing-Jing Lu), so I have leant from it and look forward to WTA,” said Thandi, who has won three doubles ITF titles and was runner-up in three in singles.The player, who trains in France, looked up to Russia’s former world number 1, Maria Sharapova, as her inspiration.