Pune: At 12, the determination, grit and hard work that she puts in to win a title proves her passion for the game.
According to city’s shuttler Taniskha Despahande, wining four titles at the recently concluded sub-junior badminton championship has been her biggest achievement. “I had set a couple of goals for myself this year and winning the sub-junior title was one of them,” said Despahande, who won the single and doubles title in two categories—under-13 and under-15. Her performance at this tournament has helped her book her place in the sub-junior team for the state championship.
For her, all of this was planned. She doesn’t shy away from talking about the hard work, the sleepless night that she has spent, thinking about the tournament. “I belong to a family of sportspersons. I picked up her flare for the game from my elder sister,” she said. Despahandepicked up the racquet at the age of nine. Her family feels that the credit goes to her senior coach Vivek Joshi, who transformed her into a better badminton player.
Despahande understands that nothing can come in way of her game or practice session. To understand the nuances of a sportsman life, she has her mother to bank on. Her mother Ketki is a cricket player and she supports her daughter in testing times. “I’m really amazed
to see the determination with which she practices. At her age, this quality is quite rare,” said Ketki. Being a supportive mother,
Ketki approves of her daughter’s dream to pursue the game at a professional level.
Pune’s top seeded badminton player tired her hands at the All Indian Ranking Badminton Tournament at Cuddapah, Andhra Pradesh in February this year. An unseeded player then, proved to a terror even for the top seeds as she was unstoppable till she entered the semi-finals.
“I was proud of my performance. Being an unseeded player, I seeded players but unfortunately in the the semifinal I lost to the second seed,” said Despahande, who is seeded 12 in the under-13 category in the country.