Karman Kaur Thandi recently became only the sixth Indian woman tennis player to crack the top-200 in the WTA Singles ranking, ranked at exactly 200 on the WTA Charts. Supported by Mahesh Bhupathi, Thandi has been in good form in the past few weeks, winning her maiden ITF singles title in Hong Kong and making the semi-finals in two others in China.
Recently, Ankita Raina had broken into the top-200 and is now ranked 195. Before these two young guns, only Sania Mirza, Nirupama Vaidyanathan, Shikha Uberoi and Sunitha Rao had made it to the top-200. I am happy to climb to top-200.
Step by step, I will try to reach my goal of getting into top-150 by the year-end," Karman, said. Speaking about change in game plan to improve consistency, Karman said, "The matches I played before were tight ones and they could have gone either way.
I lost those matches but learnt from them.” She further added, "In the matches I played recently, I kept my intensity on every point and stepping it up both mentally and and game-wise. I stayed solid with my game both physically and mentally." Karman has trained at the Mouratoglou Academy in Nice, France, under Patrick Mouratoglou and said she benefited a lot while training in Nice where she used to hit with top French player Alize Cornet.
"I got to know my body better there and I picked up a lot of things, both fitness and game. Adi sir knows my game inside out, so he can also fix whatever wrong is there. So my game is a mixture of the methods of both the coaches," she assessed.
Commenting on the development, Bhupathi said, "It is a stepping stone. She works very hard and it's good to see her moving in the right direction.” ALSO READ Rafael Nadal regrets playing in the same era as Roger Federer for one thing