Hailing from the town of Tral in Pulwama district, Kashmir, Ankita Raina was born in Ahmedabad and resides in Pune. At just 28 yrs of age she has made all Kashmiris proud by getting selected to play at Olympics 2022 for Womens double Cup along side Tennis Star Sania Mirza.
Raina has won one WTA title and one WTA 125k title (both in doubles), along with 11 singles and 18 doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. In April 2018, she entered the top 200 singles rankings for the first time, becoming only the fifth player representing India to achieve this feat. Raina has also won gold medals in the women’s singles and mixed-doubles events at the 2016 South Asian Games, and won a bronze medal in singles at the 2018 Asian Games. Raina is India’s number one WTA player in singles as well as doubles. Raina is one of only two women representing India that has won a WTA-level title.
Playing for India in Fed Cup, Raina has a win/loss record of 23–17. She has notable wins over 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur,Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki and former No.5 Sara Errani.
She has achieved all this inspite of the troubles her family went through after relocating from Kashmir Valley during insurgency in early 90s and having to start life from the scratch.
When asked Who are some of the key people who have influenced her career as a player, Ankita replied ” My Mother Lalita Raina, My Coach – Hemant Bendrey and my immediate family have an influence on my career and I am inspired by Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams & Sania Mirza.
Her most memorable career moment was the Medal winat Asian Games 2018.
“At present my life is Tennis and I am not thinking beyond it.i feel honoured that I have been selected to represent India at the Olympics 2022 in womens doubles category partnering Sania Mirza. The effort and hard work put in all these years have been fruitful. Im thankful for all the love I got from everyone, and want to express my gratitude to ONGC Corporation.I look forward to making India proud” , says Ankita.