Former Grand Slam Champion and World No.1 in Doubles – Mahesh Bhupathi recently spoke about India’s young gun – Karman Kaur Thandi, saying that she is moving in the right direction year by year. Bhupathi has been backing Karman for some time now.
“Well, with Karman, it has been three years. Been backing her for three years now,” he said. “I think she just had the potential to develop a big game. She is a tall girl, has a big serve, and obviously works really hard.
The potential to have a big game is what was special. In modern day Tennis, you need to have a big game to make it to the top. That’s what stood out”. He further put in a personal request to Patrick Mouratoglou to have a look at Karman.
“I’ve been on the tour for 25 years. So I know what’s good and what’s not. Djokovic and Serena train at the Mouratoglou’s, so obviously they have got to be the best in the world. So that was when I requested Patrick(Mouratoglou) to go and have a look at her game, and he was impressed as well.
That is how her relationship at Mouratoglou’s started” Analyzing her game, he commented, “Every single part of her game needs to improve. I don’t think any part of her game is world class at the moment.
Sure, her strengths are her forehand and her serve, but there are a lot of girls out there with a better forehand and a better serve. You need to work hard on your weaknesses, but you need to work harder on your strengths – I am a big believer of this.
She still needs to constantly develop her all-round game”. He ended on a positive note, saying, “Well, she’s moving in the right direction every year. On tour, she’s been going up the rankings. Unfortunately, she’s injured now.
But that’s part and parcel of professional sport. So I’m sure once she recovers, she’ll be ready to go again”.